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Blowout In New Town North Dakota

Rig Blows Out In New Town North DakotaDec 14th

An oil well blowout is spewing oil onto land surrounding the well site near New Town, North Dakota.
The blowout happened Wednesday night at a well operated by Slawson Exploration just a half mile north of Lake Sakakawea, a reservoir on the Missouri River. Slawson District Superintendent Kyle Waliezer says no one was injured when the well failed between six and seven on Wednesday night.

He says the company has put up three barriers between the site and the lake to keep liquid oil from reaching the Missouri River. He says the accident happened as the company was working on the rig that was already producing oil. North Dakota currently has 182 rigs drilling for oil and is nation's second leading state for oil production.

Source:WDAZ

Comment by Ruben Stefani on December 14, 2012 at 6:17am

All of us knows, a problem like this happen when there are failures on procedures and/or lack of safety.

Thanks God there are not people injured.

Comment by Scott Vannoy on December 14, 2012 at 7:09am

Just once, I wish the media would have little bit of knowledge on the subject that they are reporting.  This is obviously a workover rig, not a drilling rig.  It isn't included in the 182 rigs.  It wasn't drilling.  Ignorance just irritates me.

Comment by Bill Walter on December 14, 2012 at 9:52am

The media is far worst then environmentalists.

 

 

Comment by Wayne Nash on December 14, 2012 at 10:03am

It is a Magna rig.  I'm on a Magna location right now about 100 miles away.  The pusher thinks they had the wrong rams in the stack...  These workover rigs never test their stacks, they just assume they'll work. 

Comment by Jim D. Bural on December 14, 2012 at 10:16am

Maybe one of us should contact the reporting agency & offer our services as technical adviser on their news staff. LOL

Comment by Stephen Marron on December 14, 2012 at 10:35am

Ruben Im drilling for Slawson just south of hwy 23 In New Town and they are stringent on safety and procedure, so i chalk this up to just one of those things, but I wasnt there and dont know the details. Slawson is a very good company to work for and the people they hire are, from what Ive seen, very good at what they do. Of course we cant deny the blowout, and Yes I agree, Thank God no one was hurt. I have a lot of guys out there I have come to call friends.

Comment by Stephen Marron on December 14, 2012 at 10:37am

I guess I shoild say Directional Drilling for Slawson.

Comment by Makin Hole on December 14, 2012 at 1:23pm

Looks like the well is on a pumping unit which would indicate low pressure. No tubing or rods in the derrick.  Let's guess...they pumped some brine water for kill fluid, the well went on vacuum and then came in before they got nippled up? 

Comment by TEMERIGHA Reuben on December 14, 2012 at 2:04pm

Nothing just happen. A proper investigation need to be carried out. There must be a failure some where. The best operating company can miss a thing and these type of incidents could happen. It could be a human error some where. Lesson learn should be made available to Drilling Ahead. 

Comment by Wayne Nash on December 14, 2012 at 2:14pm

Just heard from the pusher, they had 2 sets of pipe rams, no blinds, no annular. YT elevators failed, dropped the pipe and the well came in.  Don't know why they didn't pick up a single with something on the bottom, run it in and close the pipe rams.

Comment by Wayne Nash on December 14, 2012 at 2:20pm

Ya, the lesson learned was learned years ago: rig up a completion stack when doing completions! Wonder who approved that rig-up.

Comment by Alan Fortune on December 14, 2012 at 6:04pm

Will they ever learn?

Just heard from the pusher, they had 2 sets of pipe rams, no blinds, no annular. YT elevators failed, dropped the pipe and the well came in.  Don't know why they didn't pick up a single with something on the bottom, run it in and close the pipe rams.

Thankfully no one injured.

Comment by Mujahid Khalil Awaad on December 14, 2012 at 6:16pm

Very Thankfully no one injured ,that's the v.important thing any thing else can recovered,& the media worst then environmentalists.

 

Comment by richard scott blackmore on December 14, 2012 at 8:43pm

when they dropped the string it was probably full of air, as the string went down the air went with it but compressed on the way down then the air migrated up, when it got close the air expanded kicked oil or kill fluid out, both of these factors lightened the hydrastatic on the wellbore letting the well come in, ive seen this happen before, when a field doesnt have much pressure people take to many chances

Comment by richard scott blackmore on December 14, 2012 at 8:46pm

That other blowout south of the river near williston was caused by a air bubble pumped downhole

Comment by glenn hyatt on December 16, 2012 at 12:12am

What the hell? Why pump what comes on it's own? Wouldn't a plunger lift be much more cost effective if it's loading up? My hat off to the crew, they managed to get no one hurt and little damage as far as I can tell. Is that the same Slawson out of Kansas from years ago? I worked on a Slawson rig south of Wheeler Tx. about '83, very nice rig.

 

Comment by ron pruitt on December 18, 2012 at 9:13am

well i have worked on work-overs for over 20 yrs, i have seen several of these bow-outs, usually you are checking swab cups or swithing over to lower pipe or pull working string and run production, even in the illinois basin we have alot of gas and even flowers, you willl always need to keep a stabing valve handy, just in case this happens, sometimes even after you kill your well with watewr, if your BHP is great enugh , look-out, i do not know if the well was pumping and the stuffing box blew out or not , but what im trying to say, with-out knowing all the details , i will say this SHIT_HAPPENS not the first and it will happen again...

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