(Organic & Healthy) North Dakota Had 292 Oil Spills in 2 Years – Officials Only Disclosed 1 to The Public :
Almost 300 oil pipeline spills occurred in North Dakota in less than two years, and the public were not alerted about any of them.
Data shows that from January 2012 – September 2013 the pipeline spills were seen as part of around 750 “oil field incidents” that also occurred without the public being informed, according to a report by The Associated Press. 4,328 barrels worth of oil were estimated to have spilled in this period.
The official line was that the spills had done no harm to water sources or local wildlife, and so there was no need for the public the be informed. For this time period there was only one oil spill that was reported to the public, and that was involving the collision of an oil truck.
It has been explained by Lynn Helms, the director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources that they didn’t want the public to become “overwhelmed by little incidents.”
It is especially important for farmers given the reliance on the land being healthy that will ensure if his crops are successful or not.One single spilled barrel oil has the potential to ruin acres and acres of farmland if it is spilled in a particularly dangerous place.
But it is the apparent ease in the way these facts were withheld from the public that is worrying to the Sioux Tribe and their distrust of the whole pipeline industry.