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Tesoro Restarts Oil Pipeline

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The pipeline that leaked more than 20,000 barrels of oil in a wheat field near Tioga is back in working order. Tesoro says it has received permission to restart oil pipeline, after accepting a safety order from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  

The safety order requires Tesoro to frequently inspect the pipeline by air and install additional leak-detection equipment. The health department says the first phase of the oil cleanup is well underway and will continue through the winter.

"We will be dealing primarily with remediation. And so we will have people up there weekly to assess what is going to on to determine if any changes need to be made and to make sure they're doing it right and that they're containing contamination," says David Glatt, Section Chief Environmental Health.

A preliminary report indicates that the likely cause of the quarter-inch-diameter hole in the pipeline was a strong electrical discharge. However, a final determination could take months.

 

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