Finish Cleanup of Three-Year-Old Oil Pipeline Spill

Target: Gregory Goff, CEO of Tesoro Corp.

Goal: Complete cleanup of hazardous oil spill and enact more strict monitoring restrictions on oil pipelines.

In 2013, a Tesoro Corporation oil pipeline ruptured in North Dakota, spreading more than 800,000 gallons of oil over a 13-acre area of land, including a farmer’s land. The cleanup effort has been ongoing, but there has still yet to be a completion date set by the corporation. The longer the oil from the spill sits in the ground, the worse the effects will be.

When the oil spill occurred in 2013, the response was not immediate. Because of its extremely rural location, this section of the pipeline does not require pressure monitoring or other safety systems that would have alerted Tesoro to the spill. Also, the company came to the conclusion that the spill did not pose any current environmental threat. So, even once the company was aware of the spill, cleanup did not begin immediately.

This kind of relaxed attitude, when it comes to something as hazardous as crude oil, is extremely dangerous. Even in areas where not many animals or major waterways exist, threats from an oil pipeline rupture are still very great. In the instance of this 2013 spill, although there are no major waterways within the 13 acres, there are creeks and streams which are tributaries to larger rivers in the area. Also groundwater runoff and seepage threatens the plants and other wildlife that are living around the spill. Please sign this petition to support and speed up the cleanup effort and increase monitoring of pipelines.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Goff,

In 2013, one of your corporation’s oil pipelines ruptured in North Dakota, spilling over 800,000 gallons of oil onto the land. Not only was your company not immediately aware of the spill from lack of monitoring systems, but you concluded there was no immediate effect to the environment. This oil still has yet to be cleaned up, and continues everyday to spread and harm plants and animals.

The longer the oil stays on the ground, the greater the impact is going to be. By claiming there was no immediate threat to the environment, you were disregarding the lives of countless plants and animals, as well as the farmer and his family who live on the land.

A corporation the size of yours has more than enough resources, financial and otherwise, to expedite this cleanup and protect the remaining wildlife affected by the spill. Use your power as CEO to help the environment and to not destroy our precious resources.

Sincerely,

[Your name here]

Photo Credit: Leif Skoogfors

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3 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    finish your job or you will be fired!

    • Don’t think that will ever realistically be the case, regrettably. And there are other issues, such as WHY and how the leak happened in the first place, for example…

  2. That the size of the spill was originally underestimated is outrageous and the fact that it’s THREE YEARS LATER and the spill is still not cleaned up is EQUALLY OUTRAGEOUS… It is not natural for oil to coat acreage, PERIOD and “less than a third of the 840,000 gallons that spilled has been recovered — or ever will be.” (http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/massive-2013-oil-spill-north-dakota-cleaned-44266811)
    This serves as the perfect CAUTIONARY EXAMPLE in relation to pipelines everywhere, especially given another more recent pipeline break about 150 miles south…though ENDLESS promises nothing will go wrong, something inevitably does.
    And to add insult to injury, in the face of this history and ongoing situation, reported industry attacks on critics…

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