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Petroleum spill reported Lake Sakakawea tributary

North Dakota Department of Health
Lake Sakakawea
North Dakota Department of Health

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A spill of about 10 barrels of a petroleum product has been reported near Charlson, in northwestern McKenzie County.

The state Health Department on Friday said about 10 gallons of oil or natural gas condensate reached Sand Creek, which is a tributary to Lake Sakakawea.

North Dakota Water Quality Director Karl Rockeman says the spill was reported Thursday. He says the source of the spill appears to be from an underground oil or natural gas pipeline.

Rockeman says booms and absorbents are in place on Sand Creek to keep the fluid away from the lake, which about 13 miles downstream.

Rockeman says there are several pipelines in the area. He says it is unclear who is responsible.

Rockeman says crews from Tesoro Corp. and Hess Corp. are doing the cleanup.