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North Dakota fracked oil spill one of nation’s largest ever

PostedOctober 15, 2013 by in International
Fracked oil spill in North Dakota one of nation's largest ever

photo: Neal Lauron/Greenpeace

Read this Oct. 10 story from on a North Dakota fracked oil spill of close to a million gallons, exacerbated by the ongoing US Government shutdown.

Over 20,600 barrels of oil fracked from the Bakken Shale has spilled from aTesoro Logistics pipeline in Tioga, North Dakota in one of the biggest onshore oil spills in recent U.S. history.

Though the spill occurred on September 29, the U.S. National Response Center – tasked with responding to chemical and oil spills – did not make the report available until October 8 due to the ongoing government shutdown.

“The center generally makes such reports available on its website within 24 hours of their filing, but services were interrupted last week because of the U.S. government shutdown,” explained Reuters.

The “Incident Summaries” portion of the National Response Center’s website is currently down, and the homepage notes, “Due to [the] government shutdown, some services may not be available.”

At more than 20,600 barrels – equivalent to 865,200 gallons – the spill was bigger than the April 2013 ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline spill, which spewed 5,000-7,000 barrels of tar sands bitumen into a residential neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas.

So far, only 1,285 barrels have been recovered in North Dakota, and the oil is spread out over a 7.3 acre land mass.

Kris Roberts, environmental geologist for the North Dakota Department of Health Division of Water Quality told the Williston Herald, “the leak was caused by a hole that deteriorated in the side of the pipe.”

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    I believe the sand they are pumping through these pipelines is destroying them from the inside…constantly sand blasting a piece of metal can’t be good for it

    Kevin Logan

    An interesting side note about this, is not long ago we had one our nations biggest oil spills, and for three or four days it went unreported. Not due to a government “shutdown” however but due to the fact that we were just about to go to the ballot box in a Federal Election, so the news was blacked out until after the vote.

      scotty on denman

      Perhaps a regularly updated (as spills occur) spill map showing accumulated, known spills, some easy to read labelling, maybe put recent spills, say, younger than a month old, in red. Make T-shirts and calendars, websites, etc.

      That way no politician can hide, even if they can temporarily conceal the most recent spill.

      The illustration is clear: spills and leaks are regular features of pipelines and tankers, not occasional “accidents”.

      Big Oil strategy is fairly simple: equate our need for oil with their entitlement to profit and to beggaring the competition. Although not totally convincing, they still get away with: – leaks and spills don’t happen…
      – and if they do, they’re too small to do any damage…
      – and if they do, we’ll clean it up…
      – and if we can’t, it’s still worth it…
      I believe a picture’d be worth a thousand words.

      Chuck Lentine (AKA GOD'S Cowboy)

      The media blackout is actually still continuing. If it were giving the attention it deserves it would hurt future pipeline chances. It could kill the Canadian pipeline to the Gulf.

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