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Pipeline leak causes 10,000-gallon spill in McKenzie County

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Health says a ruptured pipeline led to a 10,000-gallon oil spill in McKenzie County.

The leak occurred after the pipeline owned by Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. was struck by equipment Friday during excavation of the area about 18 miles south of Alexander.

Health department officials say the leak was “mostly confined” to the excavated area and has not impacted any waterway.

Officials say the spill is not a threat to public health at this time.

Related: Explosion razes waste disposal facility near Alexander


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  1. Why are you calling it a leak? The pipeline didn’t leak. It was ruptured.

    • Hey David – with such a vast industry, many individuals use different terminologies. This story was written by the Associated Press and because of copyright laws, we legally can not change the headline. Hope you have a nice rest of you day!

  2. I know, get the story straight

  3. Pipelines leak/rupture? You’d never no that if you followed a thread about an oil train derailment.

  4. 20 times better than a train derailment. We need more pipelines!

  5. Look at that!! Pipe lines break and spill as well!!!

  6. 10000 gallons that’s enough to bother anything

  7. That’s roughly one oil truck load. Actually not too bad

  8. Here’s one that was equivalent of about 30 tanks cars worth of oil. And if the farmer hadn’t found it, who knows how long it would’ve continued.


  9. 10,000 gallons…….. because 180 barrels doesn’t sound dramatic enough.

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