Recent fires at North Dakota oil byproduct disposal sites shows vulnerability to lightning

  • by: JOSH WOOD , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 19, 2014 - 12:54 PM

WILLISTON, N.D. — Three massive fires since the beginning of June have highlighted the threat lightning poses in the North Dakota oil patch, and in each case it was tanks that store the toxic saltwater associated with drilling — not the oil wells or drilling rigs — that were to blame.

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