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Oil Spills into Floodwaters of Missouri and Yellowstone River

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Oil has overflowed from storage tanks on a well site into the floodwaters of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers near the town of Trenton, southwest of Williston.

The Department of Mineral Resources sent an advisory to well operators in the area warning for the potential of flooding, and many companies were able to temporarily shut in their wells.

However, a storage tank on a well site owned by Denver based Zavanna, tipped over flooding oil into the flooded waters.

There are no exact estimates on how many barrels were released into the water, yet crews from the Health Department and the Department of Mineral Resources have set up booms to catch oil.

"What happened is typically when they go out there they want to fill the tanks as full as possible so when the water comes up they don't tip over. In this particular case, one of the tanks flipped over, and it was contained in the dike for a period of time until the water came up so high and it found a low spot in the dike. It was then able to flow into the river," says environmental chief David Glatt of the health department.

Glatt says the water levels seem to be going down, and that the cleanup could take up to a week to skim the remaining oil off of the water. He also says the department will investigate the spill. The company will be fined after clean up. 

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