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

State TrusteeAO Bureau

Also Known As

Incident Type

Oil

State

Tennessee

Case Status

Restoration

Location

White Creek, Clear Creek, Obed Wild and Scenic River

Authority

OPA

Contaminants of Concern Include

Oil

Affected DOI Resources Include

DOI Managed Lands, Recreational Use Loss

Financial Summary

Restoration Funds Collected:

$699,176.00

*Restoration Funds Allocated:

$619,055.71

*Restoration Funds Remaining:

($537,483.64)

* Restoration Funds can contain multiple settlements/projects. All collections are placed in interest bearing accounts. For detailed information on individual settlements/ projects please visit: NRDAR Status Report

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


Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Assessment;Case Funding

 Assessment Plan Assessment Plan 12/21/2004
 PAS Preassessment Screen 04/01/2003

Settlement

 Claim Claim Determination 10/28/2009

Restoration

 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan 07/01/2008

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Case Contact

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