Oct 11, 2013 at 11:46 am
Wheat farmer Steve Jensen says he had been smelling crude oil for days on his farm near Tioga, in northwestern North Dakota. But he didn't think much of it until his combine tires became coated with crude.
Jensen says the crude oil was "spewing and bubbling six inches high" at the apparent break in an underground pipeline.
State health officials say more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil spewed out of a Tesoro Corp. oil pipeline in Jensen's wheat field. The spill was discovered on Sept. 29.
Jacob Wiedmer was helping Jensen harvest his wheat and likened the bubbling crude to the theme song from the "Beverly Hillbillies" television show.
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