A federal regulator says preliminary test results showing a problem with the oil pipeline that leaked more than 20,000 barrels of Bakken crude should have been available to the company before the leak was discovered.
North Dakota officials are trying to determine if Tesoro Corp. knew about potential problems — including one deemed “serious” in documents obtained by The Associated Press — with a pipeline that leaked more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil in a wheat field in the northwestern part of the state.
An inspection of a pipeline that leaked 20,600 barrels of oil near Tioga, N.D., showed a “serious problem” but the company did not receive the test results until after the spill occurred, a North Dakota state regulator says.
NEW ORLEANS — The best short-term solution to bottling up a disastrous oil spill threatening sealife and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast should be headed out to sea Wednesday in the form of a specially built giant concrete-and-steel box designed to siphon the oil away.
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