Friday, March 29, 2013

Rig collapses at Hess well site in Killdeer Mountains


Rig collapses at Hess well site in Killdeer Mountains



While Hess Corp. was dealing with mud runoff from a contested drilling site in the Killdeer Mountains on Thursday, it had some major problems at a drilling site three miles north in the mountains.
A drilling rig owned by Precision Drilling collapsed at about noon Wednesday during a move to the last well on a six-well pad, said Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources.
One of the rig legs collapsed in the process, he said. No injuries were reported.
By Thursday, Precision Drilling had personnel parked out on the road to prevent access to the site. Cranes were at the scene lifting the rig equipment.
No one answered phone calls Friday to Precision Drilling for an update on the accident.