- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) - An official says a mechanical problem likely sparked a weekend fire at an oil and natural gas well in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

No one was injured in Sunday’s fire in Grand Traverse County near Kingsley, about 12 miles southeast of Traverse City.

Rick Henderson, a field operations supervisor for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle (https://bit.ly/PnxbwE ) that workers completed the well March 4 and began tests to see whether it would produce more oil or natural gas.

Henderson says oil went to a flare meant to burn natural gas, sparking the fire. The fire subsided after crews cut the flow of natural gas and oil.

Henderson says the company will handle cleanup, which is “pretty straightforward,” and inspectors don’t expect any lasting environmental damage.


Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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