NEW YORK May 10 The controversial Dakota Access
pipeline leaked 84 gallons of crude oil at a pump station in
South Dakota last month, according to state documents, just
weeks before the pipeline is set to start commercial service.
The spill, the equivalent of 2 barrels of oil, happened on
April 4 in Tulare township in Spink County, according to the
state's Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.
After the spill was reported, recovered oil was put back
into the system. Any gravel or soil that had oil was cleaned and
disposed of, said Brian Walsh, an environmental scientist with
The leak occurred some 100 miles (160 km) east of Lake Oahe,
a part of the Missouri River system that has been the focal
point of protests by environmentalists and Native Americans.
The 1,172-mile (1,885-km) Dakota Access line runs from
western North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, where it will link up
with another pipeline to bring shale oil from North Dakota's
Bakken play to the Gulf Coast.
The $3.8 billion project drew worldwide attention after the
Standing Rock Sioux tribe said the pipeline would desecrate a
sacred burial ground and that any oil leak would poison the
tribe's water supply.
Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind
construction of the pipeline, received approval from the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers in early February after months of
delays. It is currently line filling and will be in service on
A company spokeswoman said that the spill occurred during
the pipeline's commissioning activities. She added that the
spill occurred in a containment area, so there was no impact on
the wider area.
(Reporting by Catherine Ngai; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)