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Health Department Monitors Oil Leak

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Officials say a small oil leak in Divide County will be cleaned up in the next couple days.  

Less than ten barrels were leaked in the spill, but the State Health Department is concerned because it is near a wetland and some oil got into water.

"There is not any public health issue. It's out in a field away from anything. It's just wetland, surface water bodies, rivers, those are the type of things that are a concern to us. So we want to make sure that they get in and clean it as soon as possible," says David Glatt, North Dakota Department of Health.

A larger oil spill near Tioga, which was reported earlier this month, has been contained to about 7 acres.  That spill involved more than 20-thousand barrels of oil, and  about 3 thousand barrels have been recovered so far.

"It's our understanding that interim for this winter they'll continue to collect the oil and they'll look at cleaning up the soil starting next spring," says Glatt.

Again, there are no health concerns for humans.

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