ND Oil Spill May Have Affected Stock Pond


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say an oil spill near Keene in western North Dakota may have flowed into a stock pond where cattle drink and into a creek that drains into Lake Sakakawea.

McKenzie County Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson tells the Bismarck Tribune that he investigated the spill site Thursday, after being alerted by a landowner.

Samuelson says Denver-based Newfield Exploration reported a 100-barrel spill on May 2. The company told authorities the oil was contained to a pit on the well site.

Samuelson says the spill is more than 2 miles long, and it appears there are more than 100 barrels spilled.

State health officials say they didn’t initially investigate the spill because the company claimed it had been contained.

Newfield Exploration did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

Source:  The Associated Press

Posted by Haylie Shipp


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