Oil contained after pipeline break leaks 800 barrels

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Officials say a broken oil pipeline in northwestern North Dakota spilled almost 34,000 gallons of crude.

North Dakota Water Quality Director Dennis Fewless says the spill occurred early Thursday about 6 miles northeast of Alexander. Fewless says Enid, Okla.-based Hiland Crude LLC owns the pipeline and has contained the spill.

Fewless says a gasket on the pipeline appears to have failed, spewing about 800 barrels of crude. A barrel is 42 gallons. Fewless says about half of the oil migrated off the site but has been contained.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

  • Camburn

    A lot better than 400,000 gallons from a rail incident.