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PIPELINE BREAK-NORTH DAKOTA
Feds: Lightning may be cause of North Dakota oil pipeline break that spilled 20K barrels
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 31, 2013 5:28 PM EDT
Federal regulators say a lightning strike may have caused a pipeline rupture that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil in a North Dakota wheat field.
Agency spokesman Damon Hill says the exact final determination on cause hasn't been made. He says that could take months.
The agency also issued a safety order Thursday that sets conditions for Tesoro Corp. to restart the pipeline. The order requires the company to perform frequent aerial and ground inspections and install additional leak detection equipment.
A farmer discovered the spill in a wheat field the northwest corner of the state in late September.