A farmer discovered a huge oil spill -- several times bigger than the recent Mayflower, Ark., spill -- nearly two weeks ago in North Dakota. But because of federal government furloughs, we're only just learning about it.
More than 20,000 barrels of fracked oil seeped from a ruptured pipeline over 7 acres of remote North Dakota wheat fields, oozing 10 feet into the clay soil and killing crops. Farmer Steven Jensen found the mess on his land on Sept. 29.
The National Response Center, which reports oil and chemical spills, posted an alert about the spill on its website this week. Reuters reports that the agency normally posts such reports within a day, but that its work has been stymied by the government shutdown.
But there's really nothing to worry about, says Tesoro Logistics, the company responsible for the spill: