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.

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.