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North Dakota Oil Spill Has Not Contaminated Groundwater

Drilling equipment sits on a drill site outside Watford City, N.D. North Dakota has been experiencing an oil boom in recent years, due in part to new drilling techniques, including hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.(Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

October 18, 2013

The Associated Press reports that an oil spill found in northwestern North Dakota from a ruptured pipeline has not contaminated either ground- or surface-water reservoirs.

State officials and representatives from Tesoro, the company that owned the faulty pipeline, are working to contain the spill and ensure that it does not seep into the aquifer. North Dakota water quality Director Dennis Fewless said that the spill had not reached water supplies mainly because it was insulated by a naturally occurring layer of clay.

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