Officials Wait 12 Days to Disclose Massive North Dakota Oil Spill

WILLISTON, ND - JULY 23: The North Dakotan landscape is seen on July 23, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota. North Dakota is 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. 
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Clare Foran
Oct. 11, 2013, 9:48 a.m.

North Dakota state of­fi­cials waited 12 days after learn­ing of a ma­jor oil spill be­fore pub­licly dis­clos­ing the in­cid­ent, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

The spill, which res­ul­ted in the re­lease of more than 20,000 bar­rels of oil, is one of the largest on re­cord in North Dakota. It oc­curred be­cause of a rup­ture in a be­low-ground oil pipeline.

Ac­cord­ing to Steve Jensen, a farm­er who dis­covered the spill, oil was “spew­ing and bub­bling 6 inches high.”

Au­thor­it­ies say the leak has been fixed and oil has stopped flow­ing from the pipeline.


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