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Published October 14, 2013, 09:39 PM

Oil spill near Tioga, ND

Tioga, ND (WDAY TV) - Amid accusations of delayed public notification on the 20,000-plus barrel oil spill in a field near Tioga, officials say they followed the law every step of the way.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Tioga, ND (WDAY TV) - Amid accusations of delayed public notification on the 20,000-plus barrel oil spill in a field near Tioga, officials say they followed the law every step of the way.

The North Dakota Department of Health confirms it was notified just after 10 p.m. the night of the spill, on September 29th, and responded the next morning with staff on site.

They say their first responsibility is to identify public health issues, and in this case, the spill was contained and groundwater wasn't impacted due to the clay barrier beneath the surface.

David Glatt- Section Chief, Environmental Health Section, ND Department of Health: "This 20,000 barrels is terrible. There's no other way to put it. That shouldn't be released. Now, at what point does the public get notified? And that's something that we're looking at, is how can we do a better job getting that information from the field into the office in a timely manner and getting that out to the public?"

Tesoro currently estimates clean-up at about $4 million dollars over the course of a couple years.

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