Howard/White Unit No. 1 Well Blowout Crude Oil Spill

State TrusteeState of Tennessee
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Incident Type




Case Status



White Creek, Clear Creek, Obed Wild and Scenic River



Contaminants of Concern Include


Affected DOI Resources Include

DOI Managed Lands, Recreational Use Loss

Case Description

On 19 July 2002, the Howard/White Unit No. 1 oil well was being drilled to test for commercial oil production from the geologic formation called the Nashville Group in northeastern Tennessee. The oil well is located in Morgan County on High Point Road, accessible via State Road 62. After drilling to a certain depth, oil flow occurred. The pressure of the flow increased and began to spill oil around the well and outside of the containment area at an estimated 200-500 barrels per hour. At approximately 2400 hours, the oil well caught fire. The spilled oil had flowed downhill from the wellhead into White Creek, at approximately 0.21 mi above its confluence with Clear Creek, and into Clear Creek, at approximately 0.37 mi above Barnett Bridge. The fire followed both oiled paths, burning the vegetation and the oil-soaked soils. Some of the large boulders on the slope fractured from the heat of the fire. The oil adjacent to the banks in both creeks caught fire as well.

Credit: USFWS

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 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Assessment Plan Assessment Plan 12/21/2004
 NOI Notice of Intent for Restoration Planning 04/28/2003
 Preassessment Screen Preassessment Screen 04/01/2003
 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan 07/01/2008


 Claim Claim Determination 10/28/2009

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AO Bureau
State TrusteeState of Tennessee

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