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Workers with heavy equipment try to contain an oil spill on the Jensen farm near Tioga, North Dakota on October 12, 2013. Trenches filled with oil wait to be picked up. A Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline spilled more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil into a North Dakota wheat field, the biggest leak in the state since it became a major U.S. producer. Photo by Neal Lauron/Greenpeace

ND lawmakers question Tioga oil spill notification; agency says communication needs to improve

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BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers questioned state officials Monday about the response to the worst oil spill since the state’s current energy boom began, with one state regulator describing it as a “breakdown and delay of notification.”


The underground pipeline break near Tioga leaked 20,600 barrels of oil into a wheat field before the farmer, Steve Jensen, discovered the spill Sept. 29 while harvesting.

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