Towering flames atop oil wells break the inky darkness in the badlands on North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The flares of natural gas set grass fires on the prairie where Theodora Bird Bear’s ancestors hunted buffalo and create a driving hazard on rural roads.
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., the nation’s largest oil refiner, had restored production at 32 oil wells at Tahe field in northwestern China as of Aug. 16, parent China Petrochemical Corp. said in its company newsletter today. It had previously shut 33 wells at the field following the worst flood since 2002, according to the newsletter.
Pan American Energy LLC said 43 percent of the wells in its Cerro Dragon field are operational and the reservoir is producing 54 percent of the oil equivalent that it was before construction workers occupied the plant.