On 20 January a fire at Blueknight Parterns oil storage tanks in Cushing, Oklahoma, burned for eight hours until it was finally put out.
Although the companys operations were not halted, 1,000 barrels of the 55,000-barrel storage tank of crude oil were destroyed after the tank was struck by lightning and a fire broke out.
The storage tank sustained minor damage but is still all in one piece. There are no signs of any damage to the environment and no one was injured.
Brant Kerr, Cushing Fire Chief, explained that the fire would have been much worse if the tank had not been filled to the top with oil, as the full tanks allowed for no air between the oil and the lid.
The spokesman for Blueknight Energy Partners said, We will conduct an internal assessment to determine the extent of the damage to the tank, which appears to have been limited to the seal encircling the top.