N.D. had 23 well blowouts in 2012, regulator says

Twenty-three oil well blowouts were recorded in North Dakota's Bakken Shale play in 2012, the state's Department of Mineral Resources said. "That's up significantly," said Lynn Helms, the department's director. The North Dakota Industrial Commission is probing three major blowouts and is seeking action in two major incidents, Helms added.

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