Well pad fire causes crude release in Bottineau County

LANSFORD, N.D. – State health officials say a fire caused by a lightning strike led to a crude release at a well pad near Lansford Tuesday.

The Department of Environmental Quality says it was notified that just under 300 barrels of crude were released and mostly contained on the pad.

A mist of crude sprayed off of the pad due to one of the tanks exploding.

The site, operated by RIM Operating, Inc., is located roughly five miles northwest of Lansford.

State officials are monitoring the site and the cleanup.