Landslide Closes Oilfield Road | Big Horn Basin Media

Landslide Closes Oilfield Road

Written by on May 8, 2017

A landslide on Thursday afternoon closed a portion of the Black Mountain Oil and Gas Field on public land on the Washakie/Hot Springs county line.

The BLM estimates the landslide to be about 10 acres with a depth of 20-30 feet. The slide destroyed the road to nine wells at the eastern end of the oilfield, so the road from the landslide to the top of Black Mountain is closed until further notice.

In a press release from the Bureau of Land Management, the bureau praised Breitburn Operating employees who witnessed the beginning of the slide and took action quickly. The wells were shut-in immediately to avoid oil spilling from any broken pipelines.

The BLM will work with Breitburn Operating to determine a path forward.

  • photo Courtesy Breitburn Operating

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