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Another Oil Spill Not Reported

The Clampetts come to mind upon finding out about this oil spill.

spillA North Dakota farmer was harvesting his wheat field and kept smelling oil. When he found the oil spill, his tires of his harvester were coated in crude. A day after farmer Jensen reported the leak to an 811 line, the company sent its response team and burned oil that had accumulated on the spot.

The size of the spill turns out to be approximately 7 football fields or 7.3 acres. It was just bubbling out of the ground at a height of 6 inches. Hmmm… must be a pipe under that thar land.

Yep, the pipeline is owned by Tesoro Logistics, a subsidiary of the San Antonio, Texas-based company that owns and operates parts of Tesoro’s oil infrastructure. The line runs 35 miles from Tioga to Black Slough, North Dakota.

What the farmer found was one of the largest oil spills in the state’s history. The pipe has spewed out over 20,600 barrels of crude. Needless to say, he will not be able to farm that 7.3 acres for quite a few years.

Even though Tesoro is doing the cleanup at what they way is about 4 million bucks, it does not get by the fact that the land is contaminated. With a layer of clay 10 feet underneath the soil, the spokesman said that the water tables were not affected.

However, it took the state 12 days to inform the public of the spill. What happened to the transparency of government. Not there or anywhere.

Since it took so long in reporting this incident, imagine the fun if the construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Oklahoma is approved.

I personally believe that the pipeline should be above ground so that it can easily be seen and inspected. However, with so many other means of energy emerging, this should be shut down in the near future.

What do you think? Do you want to see more pipelines littering the land?

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One Response to “Another Oil Spill Not Reported”

  1. Christina Says:

    Your point about having an easily inspected pipeline will probably attract some agreement from others. The lag with reporting the spill could, likely, draw some concern as well.

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