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Spill in McKenzie County reaches Red Wing Creek

March 30, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state regulator estimates about 420 gallons (1,590 liters) of crude oil has spilled from a pipeline in McKenzie County and reached a creek there.

The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality said Monday the spill happened Friday on a line about 17 miles southwest of Watford City. The pipeline is operated by True Oil LLC.

State environmental scientist Bill Suess said the oil reached Red Wing Creek and affected about 1.5 miles of the creek, which is a tributary to the Little Missouri River.

He said the spill has been contained and the oil is being cleaned up.

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The cause of the spill is being investigated.