Nomadic Drill Rig 17 burned to the ground yesterday evening near Sweetwater, Oklahoma when the drill crew hit a pocket of shallow gas.
Witnesses 3/4 of a mile to the north reported hearing a loud “boom” from their residence “and then it sounded like a jet engine was right outside our home”.
When they drove down to the drill site to investigate the well was discharging fluid into the air, soon after that something ignited the gas and the rig caught fire.
Without these blowout prevention devices in place there is little to nothing that can be done to control the well.
Here’s a video. Love the intro.
UPDATE: “An official said the fire could continue until Monday.” Source
According to residents who live in that area, the flames can still be seen for miles.