ND Pipeline Rupture Leaks Oil

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 @ 03:03 PM gHale

A ruptured pipeline led to a 10,000-gallon oil spill in McKenzie County in North Dakota Friday, state officials said.

The 238-barrel 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, said officials at the North Dakota Department of Health.

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

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

Just last week, another pipeline ruptured during excavation leaking 19,000 gallons of saltwater in northwest North Dakota.

The pipeline owned by Continental Resources ruptured after it ended up struck by equipment excavating at the site about 16 miles north of Tioga.

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