Massive 2013 oil spill in North Dakota still not cleaned up

The company responsible hasn't even set a date for completion

In this Sept. 5, 2015, photo, a pump jack pumps oil on a hill above Alexander, N.D, and the town's school. The U.S., seemingly awash in crude oil after an energy boom sent thousands of workers scurrying to the plains of Texas and North Dakota, will begin exporting oil for the first time since the 1973 oil embargo. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A massive oil spill in northwestern North Dakota still isn’t fully cleaned up three years and three months after it happened.

The company responsible hasn’t even set a date for completion.

Crews have been working around the clock to deal with the Tesoro Corp. pipeline break, which happened in a wheat field in September 2013.

But North Dakota Health Department environmental scientist Bill Suess said that less than a third of the 840,000 gallons that spilled has been recovered — or ever will be.

Some say that one of the largest onshore oil spills recorded in the U.S. serves as a cautionary example, especially given a recent pipeline break about 150 miles south and ongoing debates over the four-state Dakota Access pipeline.

 

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