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Pipeline not state inspected before 3M-gallon saltwater leak

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota official says a pipeline that spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater produced during oil drilling wasn’t inspected by the state prior to being used.

North Dakota Industrial Commission spokeswoman Alison Ritter said Wednesday that the pipeline was installed in July, but a shortage of qualified inspectors means state oversight has been minimal of new small-gathering pipelines.

The commission oversees about 20,000 miles of pipeline.

Companies are required to file an affidavit stating they followed all state-mandated procedures in building a pipeline. Ritter says Summit Midstream Partners, which owns the pipeline that leaked, filed an affidavit.

Ritter says it’s too early to tell whether the largest saltwater spill in recent state history could’ve been prevented with inspection because the cause remains unclear. The leak was detected Jan. 6.

In related news, Pipelines key to growth in shale industry.

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  1. There are 20,000 miles of pipeline in this state. Good thing the epa is out of control

  2. You told me there would be more and these are just the things that the media finds out

  3. Tanks blow up left and right my friends are up there right now I came home because it seasonal stuff should happens all the time up there and some of that makes it to the news some of it doesn’t sometimes Itheydon’t want the news to know

  4. Oh oh, here we go!!…calling all water-haulers!! haha!