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Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in April

Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in April

The $3.8bn oil pipeline, which sparked global protests previous year and is not yet fully operational, spilled 84 gallons of crude oil at a South Dakota pump station, according to government regulators. Per NBC News, the leak was caused by mechanical failure of a surge pump at a pump station in Tulare, SD.

The spokesperson for the Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, which is behind the project, said the spill was due to a malfunction during the line-fill process, the report stated.

While officials at South Dakota's Department of Environment and Natural Resources acknowledged the spill when it happened by adding it to its online database, they didn't notify the public.

"They responded appropriately and cleaned it up according to our requirements", Walsh said.

"With 1,200 miles of pipeline, spills are going to happen".

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Throughout the past year, water protectors from Native American tribes in South Dakota warned the Dakota Access Pipeline poses a grave threat to the environment.

Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline's developer, confirmed the incident in a statement, saying there was "no impact to the area" and "all remediation" was completed shortly after it occurred.

Agency representative Brian Walsh told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the leak didn't threaten public health, a fishery or a drinking water system, and so it didn't warrant a news release. "This is what we have said all along: oil pipelines leak and spill".

The Dakota Access Pipeline isn't fully open for business, but it's already suffered a minor oil spill. He said there was no such threat with the Dakota Access leak, which happened almost 100 miles east of the Missouri River's Lake Oahe reservoir, which is the tribes' water supply.

"Our lawsuit challenging this unsafe project is ongoing and it's more important than ever for the court to step in and halt additional accidents before they happen - not just for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and our resources but for the 17 million people whose drinking water is at risk", Archambault said.

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In December 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delayed construction of the pipeline to explore potential alternative routes.

Stand Rock tribal Chairman Dave Archambault released a statement blasting the April spill, asserting that the incident vindicates his tribe's concern.

Energy Transfer Partners maintains that the pipeline is safe.

Granado said the spill stayed within the company's workspace, or containment area, which is covered with a special lining "that does not allow anything to actually touch or hit the soil".

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