Spill Cleanup Continues a Week After Leak from Belle Fourche Pipeline in North Dakota
The leak was reported to regulators on December 5th, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). An estimated 4,200 barrels of oil leaked from a hill just above the Ash Coulee Creek, and an estimated 3,100 barrels entered the water, said Bill Seuss, a program manager for the North Dakota Department of Health. He also stated that the point of release into the Ash Coulee Creek is about 18 miles from where it feeds into the Little Missouri River, which then feeds the Missouri, a major drinking water source, Seuss said.
A local official reported on Tuesday that roughly a third of the more than 3,000 barrels of oil spilled into the creek has been recovered.
This leak occurred about 150 miles from where the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other environmental groups have been protesting Energy Transfer‘s Dakota Access pipeline in recent months.
Frigid temperatures have made cleanup conditions difficult, but has also slowed the movement of oil down the creek because the water has frozen, he added. PHMSA on Tuesday said an investigation into the incident was ongoing.
The cause of the leak is not yet known, Wendy Owen, spokeswoman for Casper, Wyoming-based True Companies, the pipeline’s owner, said by phone on Tuesday. The 24,000 barrel per day, six-inch pipeline runs intermittently, and at maximum has capacity to flow at 1,000 barrels per hour, Owen said.
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