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Published October 21, 2013, 10:37 AM

Oil spill veterans share stories with Tioga farmer

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A Tioga farmer dealing with a large oil spill says he has been receiving calls from people who have dealt with past spills.

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A Tioga farmer dealing with a large oil spill says he has been receiving calls from people who have dealt with past spills.

Steve Jensen said the calls have encouraged him to stay involved with cleanup of the spill he discovered in a wheat field in late September. Officials estimate the leak from a Tesoro Corp. pipeline at more than 20,000 barrels.

"It's given me a sense that I better not get too lazy on this," he told The Dickinson Press.

Former landowner Alan Kadrmas, one of the people who has reached out to Jensen, went through a 15,000-barrel spill about 10 miles northeast of Dickinson in 1987, and said it had lasting effects on the land. An oil ring can still be seen around a willow tree, and in certain light an oil sheen is visible on Russian Spring Creek, according to the Press.

Kadrmas said he did not have much communication with Koch Gathering Systems Inc. during the spill cleanup, and Koch later used his situation in a training seminar as a bad example of how to deal with a landowner.

"I just listened and he himself is not 100 percent satisfied that it was handled and is done as good as it could and should have been," Jensen said of his conversation with Kadrmas. "But each situation's going to be different."

Jensen said he is speaking up with more ideas for the cleanup near Tioga.

"You go to sleep thinking about it and you wake up thinking about it," he said.

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