Oil and wastewater accumulate against a dike in Blacktail Creek in North Dakota.

In North Dakota, Oilfield Spill Problems Worsen

In early January, a pipeline was found leaking oilfield wastewater into a creek. It’s estimated to be the worst such spill since the start of the oil boom. An Inside Energy investigation shows North Dakota’s spill problem is getting worse.

Oil well locations drilled in the Powder River Basin since January 2009

Basin Boom Means More Spills

Horizontal drilling and fracking have prompted an oil boom in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, Alisa Barba reported earlier this week. But an increase in drilling — 590 oil wells have been drilled and completed in the Powder River Basin since January of 2009 — has its consequences. Mead Gruver from Associated Press reported yesterday that 2014 has already been the state’s worst year for oil spills since 2009.

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Saltwater Spills In North Dakota: Data Woes And Wins

As oil booms in North Dakota, the rate of spills has been growing, Emily Guerin reported. Thousands of barrels of oil spill each year, but something more dangerous comes with it: saltwater. A by-product of oil extraction, saltwater can destroy farmland for years. Finding detailed data on saltwater spills – more than 800 happened in North Dakota in the past year – was hard. Really hard.