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Associated Press, Published January 08 2010

Officials investigate blast at ND oilfield

LIGNITE, N.D. – Authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion at a Bear Paw Energy natural gas processing facility just east of Lignite.

Company spokeswoman Megan Washbourne said the blast occurred about 8 p.m. Wednesday. She said the lone male worker at the site was kept overnight at a Crosby hospital as a precaution and released Thursday.

Washbourne said a damage estimate is not yet available. She said the facility is expected to be back online in the next couple of days.

Washbourne said the explosion did not threaten the public or do any damage to the environment.

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