North Dakota Oil Spill Has Not Contaminated Groundwater

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WATFORD CITY, ND - JULY 28: Drilling equipment sits in preparation on a drill site on July 28, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota. North Dakota has been experiencing an oil boom in recent years, due in part to new drilling techniques including hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. In April 2013, The United States Geological Survey released a new study estimating the Bakken formation and surrounding oil fields could yield up to 7.4 billion barrels of oil, doubling their estimate of 2008, which was stated at 3.65 billion barrels of oil. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
National Journal
Clare Foran
Oct. 18, 2013, 9:25 a.m.

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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