5.4 Miles of Creek Polluted by North Dakota Oil Pipeline Spill
A third of the oil has been cleaned-up a week after a spill the Ash Coulee Creek in North Dakota, up to 5 miles of which were polluted.
“An estimated 4,200 barrels of oil have leaked from the pipeline. Of that amount, 3,100 barrels of oil flowed into Ash Coulee Creek,”said Bill Seuss, a spill investigator with the North Dakota Department of Health.
Seuss said that, as of Sunday, 11,878 barrels of oil had been recovered at the site. Two cows have been reported dead near the site but Seuss said the cause of the deaths is unclear.
The pipeline is about 150 miles from where the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other environmental groups have been protesting Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access pipeline since April.
During the spill 5.4 miles of the creek was polluted, according to officials. The section of the oil pipeline where the leak occurred has been isolated and the spill has been contained.
“Due to potentially unstable soil conditions at the point of release, the cause of the incident is not yet known,” Seuss added.
The pipeline was initially said to be overland but in the latest update it is described as a “buried 6-inch gathering line operated by Bell Farouche Pipeline.”
The spill is about 18 miles from the creek feeds into the Little Missouri River, which then feeds into the Missouri, a major drinking water source.