Look At The Flaming Wells You See In The Middle Of Williston, ND

I saw this fire shooting up past a large steel pen built around it too keep it hidden. The burning off of natural gas is called flaring the well. Most of the fires are shooting straight up, out in the open.

The only reason I could think that this one was penned off and piped differently was to keep it less visible so near the centre of town. But I can’t be sure.

It’s very loud, hisses and spurts with bursts of flame suddenly shooting nearly to the hole where I took this photo. 

I have high-definition video I’ll post when I get back to BI on Tuesday.

Well Flare

Photo: Robert Johnson — Business Insider

Flare Up Pen

Photo: Robert Johnson — Business Insider

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