From Time and reported by Blake Nicholson/AP — image courtesy of Josh Morgan / Reuters
The Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in South Dakota early last month, which an American Indian tribe says bolsters its argument that the pipeline jeopardizes its water supply and deserves further environmental review.
The April 4 spill was relatively small and was quickly cleaned up, and it didn’t threaten any waterways.
The leak occurred at a rural pump station in the northeast of the state as crews worked to get the four-state pipeline fully operational. The oil was contained on site by a plastic liner and containment walls and quickly cleaned up. Some oil-contaminated gravel will be disposed of at an area landfill.