NAGEEZI, N.M. (AP) — All pumping remains on hold at an oil production site in northwestern New Mexico after a fire was sparked earlier this week.
Tulsa, Oklahoma-based WPX Energy says the fire started Monday when 36 temporary storage tanks caught fire. Four tanks were still burning Thursday, and the flames were being allowed to burn out.
WPX says it stopped the six wells at the site south of Nageezi from pumping and closed valves to pipes that were transferring oil to the tanks after the fire began.
The incident will be investigated once the flames are out. It’s unclear how long it will take to install new equipment so work can resume.
The Bureau of Land Management says it will have to ensure that the well site meets federal health, safety and environmental requirements before operations resume.
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