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Forum News Service, Published February 14 2014

Oil pipeline near Alexander leaks after damage from excavation

ALEXANDER, N.D. – An underground pipeline that was struck and damaged leaked about 400 barrels of crude oil, authorities said Friday.

The North Dakota Department of Health was notified of the incident on Thursday, which occurred about 9 miles north of Alexander.

Most of the oil was contained in a trench being dug at the pipeline site. Targa, the company that owns the pipeline, estimates that 5 to 10 barrels of oil overflowed from the trench, but is being contained by berms, the health department said.

Oil was removed from the excavation with vacuum trucks and the contaminated soil will be removed from the site under supervision of health department officials. A barrel is 42 gallons.