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Massive 2013 oil spill in North Dakota still not cleaned up

FILE – This Oct. 11, 2013 file photo shows cleanup at the site of a Tesoro Corp. pipeline break that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil into a Tioga, N.D., wheat field. (AP)

December 18, 2016

 A massive oil spill in northwestern North Dakota still isn’t fully cleaned up three years and three months after it happened.

The company responsible hasn’t even set a date for completion.

Crews have been working around the clock to deal with the Tesoro Corp. pipeline break, which happened in a wheat field in September 2013.

But North Dakota Health Department environmental scientist Bill Suess said that less than a third of the 840,000 gallons that spilled has been recovered — or ever will be.

Some say that one of the largest onshore oil spills recorded in the U.S. serves as a cautionary example, especially given a recent pipeline break about 150 miles south and ongoing debates over the four-state Dakota Access pipeline.