Some of the oil pooled onto the pad and some was carried by a light wind to the White Earth River, a tributary of the Missouri River, roughly 850 feet (260 m) down a nearby cliff.”
“This is not your typical blowout,” said Bill Suess of the state’s Department of Health
A light sheen of oil was on the nearby river, and a Reuters reporter counted at least 16 absorbent booms that had been installed in an attempt to keep the oil from moving downstream.
State officials reported approximately 84,000 gallons of saltwater also leaked from the well. Crude oil extracted from the state’s Bakken shale formation typically contains high concentrations of brine (salt water) that must be separated.
Oasis said it was working “to ensure that safe and thorough remediation efforts are completed in a timely fashion.”
The company has hired a Superior Energy Services to assist in capping the well.
When you are deciding whether or not you should support the #NoDAPL protectors or corporate profits, take this oil spill into consideration. Make the wise choice for the future of America, the future of your children.
(Article by Jeremiah Jones)