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FILE - This Oct. 11, 2013 file photo shows cleanup at the site of an oil pipeline leak and spill near Tioga, N.D. The state Health Department says cleanup of a pipeline rupture that caused more than 20,000 barrels of crude to ooze across a northwestern North Dakota wheat field will take twice as long as the company had expected. The massive spill from a Tesoro Corp. pipeline that was discovered by a Tioga farmer in September 2013. The spill has been called the worst in state history. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom, File)

Cleanup of oil spill at ND farm to take 2 more years

BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Health Department says cleanup of a pipeline rupture that caused more than 20,000 barrels of crude to ooze across a northwestern North Dakota wheat field will take twice as long as the company had expected.

The massive spill from a Tesoro Corp. pipeline that was discovered by a Tioga farmer in September 2013. The spill has been called the worst in state history.

Tesoro had said the spill would take two years to clean up. State environmental scientist Bill Suess says it’s now estimated to take at least four years.

Tesoro says more than 6,000 barrels of oil have been recovered. Suess says the rest is being baked out of the soil.

Tesoro blames a lightning strike for causing the rupture in the steel pipeline.

In related news, US says Gulf oil spill could last 100 years.

This article was written by James Macpherson from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

2 comments

  1. It would be interesting to learn why the State/regulatory agency charged with protecting the rural environment and farmland now was off by 100 percent in the time to clean up or mitigate the environmental damage. Perhaps groundwater was affected, where they may do a pump and treat scenario. Has a lightening strike been determined to be the real cause? I know there have been several investigations.

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