Two more oil spills have been discovered involving the Dakota Access Pipeline
On March 3, 2017, the Dakota Access Pipeline spilled 84-gallons of oil
On March 5, 2017, the Dakota Access Pipeline spilled 20-gallons of oil
On April 4, 2017, the Dakota Access Pipeline spilled another 84-gallons of oil
Earlier in the month, it was discovered that the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline leaked 84-gallons of oil on April 4, 2017, in South Dakota. Now it is being reported that two other leaks occurred in March of this year.
The two spills together leaked more than 100-gallons of oil months before the pipeline’s operation date. Both spills were said to be contained.
March 3, 2017
According to the North Dakota Department of Health, on March 3, 2017, an 84-gallon leak was reported due to a leaky flange at a pipeline terminal in Watford City.
The report states that the majority of the area affected by the spill was “covered with a mist that settled on top of the snow,” and did not penetrate the ground. All contaminated snow was reported to have been vacuumed into a vacuum truck.
The report also states that the only pooling was under the source of the leak, which covered an area approximately 10′ X 20′. Snow and contaminated soil were removed by a vacuum truck. No personnel, wildlife, or waterways were said to have been “negatively impacted” by the spill.
March 5, 2017
Two days later, on March 5, a second leak occurred in rural Mercer County totaling 20-gallons. The leak was reported to be caused by an above-ground valve that failed due to a manufacturing defect. The leak was contained, and later all valves on the Dakota Access were said to have been inspected and reportedly okay.
Energy Transfer Partners continues to claim that the $3.6 billion pipeline is safe. Those against the pipeline say these minor spills are just a sign of what is to come after the 1,200-mile pipeline is fully operational. Three minor spills under the company’s belt before being functional is not helping support ETP’s claims that the pipeline will be safe.
April 4, 2017
In April, the pipeline spilled 84-gallons of oil after a mechanical failure. The spill and was alleviated by the liner that acts as a secondary containment. ETP claimed there was “no impact to the area” and “all remediation” was complete soon after the spill occurred.