It appears that nearly 300 oil spills in less than the last two years in North Dakota have not been reported to the public.
ABC News reports that according to records obtained by The Associated Press, the pipeline spills are among some 750 "oil field incidents" that have occurred since January 2012 without public notification.
Regulators are reportedly reviewing the state’s policies for when to publicly report such incidents after a huge spill was found last month in northwestern North Dakota. That spill was apparently kept quiet by state and company officials for more than a week and they only said something after they were asked by AP about it.
North Dakota’s Health Department announced that it’s testing a website to publish information on all spills reported to the department. That announcement came after the report from AP on Friday.
Just a few days ago, The New York Times reported that a Tesoro Logistics pipeline had ruptured, spreading more than 865,000 gallons of oil across seven acres of a farm owned by Steven Jensen in North Dakota.
Jensen reportedly had smelled the oil and in late September, he came across a six-inch spurt of oil gurgling up from his land and reported a spill.
The spill is one of the largest inland oil pipeline accidents in the United States. State officials said the oil posed no immediate environmental risk.
North Dakota regulators are not obliged to tell the public about oil spills under state law.