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A valve in an oil head on a new well failed at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning on 59th Street at Sunnylane Road in Midwest City. A valve in an oil head on a new well failed at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning on 59th Street at Sunnylane Road in Midwest City.
Hazel Salsbury shows the dirt left on her car. Hazel Salsbury shows the dirt left on her car.
Workers clean up after an oil spill in southeast Oklahoma City Workers clean up after an oil spill in southeast Oklahoma City

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For the second time this year an Oklahoma City neighborhood was shaken by an erupting oil well.

A new well head erupted Saturday morning near SE 59 and Sunnylane Road and covered a Southeast Oklahoma City with a mist of saltwater and oil.

Resident Hazel Salsbury said she is unhappy that her car is filthy.

"That has got to be clean before I can got to work or I'm going to be in a mess," Salsbury said.
"It's all over the dash."

New Dominion, the company that owns the well, has promised to clean up the leak's leftovers...

"I have three environmental companies doing a cleanup," John Watson of New Dominion said.
It's the second time this year something like this has happened.

Watson said equipment failure is to blame for the 35-foot high mixture of gas, oil and saltwater that prompted a voluntary evacuation of a three-block area.

The company began cleaning up the mess Saturday.

"We will wash all houses, wash all cars and wash all plant life," Watson said. "We wont' quit until we are satisfied it's cleaned up,"

New Dominion is still trying to figure out what caused the eruption.

In the meantime, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and Oklahoma City crews will be on hand to oversee the clean-up process.

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