ND oil pipeline break leaks 800 barrels of crude

BISMARCK (AP) – Officials say a broken oil pipeline in northwestern North Dakota spilled almost 34,000 gallons of crude.

North Dakota Water Quality Director Dennis Fewless says the spill occurred early Thursday about 6 miles northeast of Alexander. Fewless says Enid, Okla.-based Hiland Crude LLC owns the pipeline and has contained the spill.

Fewless says a gasket on the pipeline appears to have failed, spewing about 800 barrels of crude. A barrel is 42 gallons. Fewless says about half of the oil migrated off the site but has been contained.

Fewless says no water sources are threatened. Cleanup likely will continue for a few days.

The pipeline company did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment on Friday.