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Oil spills near Watford City, Tioga spill cleanup continues

An oil spill was reported near Watford City last week. Attributed to a wellhead mechanical error, an estimated 300 barrels of oil and water was released at the site. The spill has been contained as of Friday. XTO Energy owns the well, the Loomer 41X-4C. It was also reported that Methane gas is leaking from the site. The Oil and Gas Division of North Dakota has not reported any health risks.

The Associated Press reported today that ever since the massive spill on a farmer’s land from a Tesoro pipeline a year ago, clean-up crews have been working around-the-clock to alleviate the area from the spill. Last autumn, a farmer discovered the spill which is considered the worst in state history. Over 20,000 barrels of oil was spilled on the land. Only 6,000 barrels have been recovered since the spill. The cost to clean up the site is now estimated at $20 million dollars.