Inspection Found ‘Serious Problem’ with N. Dakota Pipeline, but the Results Came After Spill

(Forum News Service)

An inspection of a pipeline that leaked 20,600 barrels of oil near here showed a "serious problem," but the company did not receive the test results until after the spill occurred, a North Dakota state regulator said.

In addition, Tesoro Logistics had not fully installed real-time pressure monitoring and automatic shut-down devices to the pipeline and was in the process of doing so at the time of the spill, said Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources.

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