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Department Of Health Cleans Up McKenzie County Oil Spill

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A crew installing a water line this weekend, damaged the Belle Fourche Pipeline in McKenzie County. The spill leaked about 300 barrels of oil, and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH) says that while the liquid crude was recovered some continues to seep out of the soil.

"The soil is nothing more than a sponge. As you open up an area of soil face where the soil is saturated, it's going to allow some of that oil to come back out like a sponge," says Kris Roberts of the NDDH.

Roberts says the department is traveling to the sight this afternoon. He says the best way to collect all of the oil is to remove the soil and treat it. Usually the dirt is heated at high temperatures to boil off any remaining crude.

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