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17 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
Nuclear Event - Asia - Japan
Nuclear Event - North-America - USA
Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
Forest / Wild Fire - Europe - Croatia
Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland
Epidemic Hazard - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines
Vehicle Accident - Asia - Bangladesh
Flash Flood - Africa - Somalia
Epidemic Hazard - Australia - Australia
Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
Enviroment Pollution - North-America - USA

Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 09:21 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110716-31594-USA
Date / time: 16/07/2011 04:20:23 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Kansas
Location: [Lake Perry]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

The sweltering heat may make a trip to the lake seem like a great idea. But officials have issued warnings at one popular Kansas lake due to a bloom of toxic blue-green algae. Officials say that the algae growth at Perry Lake could cause serious skin rashes, nausea, vomiting and respriatory problems for both you and your pets, and they are letting visitors know that "full-body" contact with the water should be avoided.


Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 09:12 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110716-31593-USA
Date / time: 16/07/2011 04:11:24 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Colorado
Location: [Stoney Pass]
Number of Deads: 2 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Minor

Description:

Authorities say a man and a woman from Louisiana died when their small plane crashed in the mountains in southwest Colorado. San Juan County Coroner Keri Metzler has identified the two as 62-year-old David Hollenshead of Shreveport, La., and 57-year-old Brenda Fore of Bossier City, La. Authorities say someone driving off-road in the mountains reported finding the Cessna 150 Thursday. They say the plane likely crashed Wednesday night or Thursday morning on Stoney Pass near Silverton, about 320 miles southwest of Denver. The Federal Aviation Administration says the couple's flight plan wasn't known. Federal investigators are trying to determine what caused the crash.

Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 09:07 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110716-31592-USA
Date / time: 16/07/2011 04:06:16 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of New York
Location: [Route 77, Adams City regio]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 3 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Minor

Description:

A plane crash this afternoon in the town of Adams injured two people, state police said. The crash occurred at 3 p.m. when a single-prop, fixed-wing aircraft was attempting to land at a private air strip near county Route 77. After touching down, the planed veered to the right, when off the airstrip and struck a field roller, troopers said. The plane overturned on impact with the roller. Two passengers on the plane were taken to a Syracuse hospital with injuries that are not life threatening, troopers said. The pilot suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. State police are not releasing the identification of the pilot or the passengers at this time. The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and a joint investigation will be conducted with state police.

Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 09:03 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110716-31591-USA
Date / time: 16/07/2011 04:01:52 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of California
Location: Wildomar
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

A swarm of bees is terrorizing a Wildomar neighborhood and no one seems to be taking responsibility. Kim Bammes said a swarm of what she believes were killer bees attacked her chocolate lab, Reggie. "When we came home on Father's Day, he was taken down by bees," said Bammes. Reggie was a 50-pound Labrador, but hundreds of bee stings proved too much for his system. Reggie died a few hours after the attack. "I've been calling the city and county, saying, 'Why aren't you taking care of this?' I have a neighbor that's highly allergic. She gets stung once and she goes to the emergency room," said Bammes. Other animals in the neighborhood have been stung, too. Last week, some family pets were attacked by a swarm of bees, but they survived. "Once one starts, all of them go and attack. That's the nature of bees, and the ones that are out here are all the soldiers basically," said neighbor Chris Vivanco. The bees appear to be coming from trees on Lemon Street in Wildomar. The property owner chopped off the top of the tree after Reggie was killed, but the bees remained and are now pollinating in trees on Bammes' property. Jerry and Rita Rust ride their horses every day in the area and are concerned for the well-being of the community. "We were concerned about where the bees are located and who is going to get rid of them for us, before a child gets stung," said Rita Rust. Bammes paid for an exterminator to remove 8,000 bees on her property, but the main hives were never destroyed next door. The homeowner is refusing to do anything else at this time, and the city and county both claim they are not responsible until the bees become a public threat.

Nuclear Event - Asia - Japan

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 09:01 PM PDT

EDIS Number: NC-20110716-31590-JPN
Date / time: 16/07/2011 03:59:14 [UTC]
Event: Nuclear Event
Area: Asia
Country: Japan
State/County: Fukui Prefecture
Location: [Ooi Nuclear Power Plant]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

A Japanese power firm said it would halt operations at a nuclear reactor because of a technical failure, placing further strain on the country's power supply. Kansai Electric Power Co. said it would manually shut down reactor No. 1 at its Ooi plant in central Japan because of a temporary pressure drop in a standby tank. The tank contains boric acid solution that can be pumped in to slow nuclear fission in case of emergency. Pressure in the tank had already returned to the correct level, but the company decided to shut down the reactor "to give the top priority to safety and find out the cause," a company spokesman said on Saturday. The company did not yet know when the reactor would resume operations, but there had been no radiation leak, he said. The stalled reactor is one of four at the Ooi plant and has a capacity of 1.18 million kilowatts. It provides four percent of the power generated by the company, according to Jiji Press news agency. Japan is already sweltering in the summer heat as it seeks to save electricity and avoid blackouts, with many nuclear reactors remaining shut after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Public sentiment flared up against nuclear power after the tsunami tore into the Fukushima Daiichi plant, triggering reactor meltdowns, radiation leaks and the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Utilities not directly affected by the twin disasters have held back from restarting reactors that were under maintenance at the time or entered regular check-ups after the disaster. As a result only 19 of Japan's 54 reactors are now operating. The Ooi shutdown -- to be completed Saturday evening -- will bring the number to 18, with further reactors soon due to shut down for regular checks.

Nuclear Event - North-America - USA

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 11:15 AM PDT

EDIS Number: NC-20110715-31589-USA
Date / time: 15/07/2011 18:13:45 [UTC]
Event: Nuclear Event
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of New Jersey
Location: Lower Alloways Creek Township [Salem Nuclear Power Plant]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

An “unusual event” was declared by operators of the Salem 2 nuclear reactor here overnight after a leak of radioactive water developed during the testing of an emergency cooling system. An unusual event is the lowest of four emergency classifications as defined by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the federal agency which oversees operations of the nation’s nuclear power plants. The unusual event was declared at 8:53 p.m. Thursday and ended at 3:39 a.m. today, according to Joe Delmar, spokesman for the plant’s operator, PSEG Nuclear. There was no threat to either plant personnel or the public, Delmar said today.

The water that leaked is radioactive, but none of the workers were contaminated. Workers were performing a routine monthly venting of the emergency core cooling system’s high head safety injection piping when a leak was discovered on a valve that had been opened. It is believed a crack on a weld on the motorized valve was the cause of the leak. Over a 6-minute period, before the valve was closed, approximately 90 gallons of water leaked into the auxiliary building next to the reactor containment building at a rate of between 11 and 15 gallons per minute. Operating rules allow water leakage of up to 10 gallons per minute, but since this leak exceeded this amount, the unusual event was declared. The leak also caused the pressure in the system to drop. Operators declared the system temporarily inoperable and began to power down the plant, eventually taking it offline at 1:55 a.m. today. Salem 2 has two high head safety injection pumps. They are part of the plant’s emergency core cooling system and would be used in the event of a loss of coolant from the reactor’s main coolant system. During an accident, it would be one of the systems that would pump borated water into the reactor vessel to ensure the nuclear fuel inside remained covered with water and cooled.

The system is supplied water initially by 8,000-gallon boric acid makeup tanks and there is a backup 400,000-gallon refueling water storage tank. Routine tests of the emergency core cooling the systems are conducted monthly to ensure they are operational in the event other systems failed. Delmar said operators were not sure when Salem 2 would return to service. Since an unusual event was declared, municipal and county officials along with emergency management officials from New Jersey and Delaware — parts of which are within the 10-mile radius of the Artificial Island nuclear generating site — were notified. NRC resident inspectors assigned to the plant will be following up on the incident to ensure PSEG Nuclear fully understand the cause of the leak and its taking appropriate steps to prevent it from happening again, according to the agency. The neighboring reactors operated by PSEG Nuclear — Salem 1 and Hope Creek — remain operating at full power today. The three plants make up the second largest commercial nuclear power complex in the United States. They produce enough electricity to power 3 million homes.

Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 10:40 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110715-31588-USA
Date / time: 15/07/2011 16:03:49 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Nevada
Location: Las Vegas [Aria Resort & Casino]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 6 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Legionella is the bacteria that can lead to Legionnaire’s disease and it has been discovered at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The hotel admits that its water supply tested for high levels of the bacteria between June 21 and July 4, 2011. Letters have gone out to 18,000 guests who stayed at the Aria last month warning them of possible exposure to Legionella. "Most people who get exposed to Legionella are fine, but there's no reason to take any chances," said MGM Resorts Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Alan Feldman. "It's everywhere. The idea is that it's not usual in high enough concentrations to cause a problem. If, for instance, it was in the shower head, you're creating a mist right in the shower when you get in. That mist could contain the bacteria,” according to Patricia Rowley, epidemiology manager with the Southern Nevada Health District, who spoke to KLAS. Southern Nevada Health District spokeswoman Jennifer Sizemore reports that six former guests of the Aria came down with the disease in cases that ranged from December 2009 to April 2011. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the disease can cause death in up to 5 to 30 percent of cases. However, Legionnaire’s can be treated using antibiotics. Healthy people usually recover from infection. Most at risk are the elderly or those with immune disorders. The hotel has chlorinated and super-heated the water in its pools to kill the bacteria. MGM Resorts says it will pay for treatment for those who were exposed to the bacteria between June 21 and July 4.


Forest / Wild Fire - Europe - Croatia

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 08:59 AM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110715-31587-HRV
Date / time: 15/07/2011 13:12:18 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: Europe
Country: Croatia
State/County: Adriatic Sea
Location: [Brac island]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Over 2,300 hectares of old pine wood have vanished in a wild fire that hit the Croatian island on Thursday afternoon. Some 200 tourists were evacuated from the island's western village of Bobovisca as the fire threatened the houses. Local fire brigade officials have revealed today (Fri) all the houses were defended during the night. The wild fire hit the island at the peak of the tourist season when temperatures have stayed at 40 degrees Celsius for days that made the fire fighter's job additionally tough.


Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 06:11 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VA-20110715-31586-ISL
Date / time: 15/07/2011 13:08:09 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Activity
Area: Europe
Country: Iceland
State/County: Vatnajökull glacier
Location: [Unnamed subglacial volcano]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Geophysicist Helgi Bj�rnsson said a magma intrusion caused the glacial flood from K�ldukv�slarj�kull, a part of Vatnaj�kull in southeast Iceland, on Tuesday night. It is possible that a minor eruption occurred underneath the icecap. The K�ldukv�slarj�kull flood originated in a previously unknown high-temperature geothermal area in the western part of Vatnaj�kull. Bj�rnsson explained that the magma intrusion occurred near the bottom of the glacier, possibly extending into the ice, and thus furthering glacial melt. He reasoned that it is possible that a minor sub-glacial volcanic eruption occurred, even though it didn’t penetrate the icecap, which is 300 meters thick in this area. Bj�rnsson added it is fairly likely that further seismic activity will occur in the area in the near future—the glacial flood was preceded by tremors—and therefore it should be monitored closely. Earth scientists say both recent glacial floods, from M�rdalsj�kull and Vatnaj�kull, can be explained by volcanic activity and therefore a close eye must be kept on the volcanoes that lie underneath these glaciers, even though there are no indications of imminent eruptions. Not even two months have passed since the volcanic eruption in Vatnaj�kull’s Gr�msv�tn and only one year ago the infamous Eyjafjallaj�kull erupted. Geologist Oddur Sigurdsson at the Icelandic Meteorological Office noted there has clearly been an increase in volcanic eruptions in Iceland since the mid-20th century.

Epidemic Hazard - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 05:57 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110715-31585-PHL
Date / time: 15/07/2011 12:53:24 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Philippines
State/County: Zamboanga del Norte
Location: Sibuco [Barangay Mantebo]
Number of Deads: 4 person(s)
Number of Injured: 16 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

A mysterious infection in Zamboanga del Norte has left 4 people dead and 16 others hospitalized. The hospitalized victims, all natives of Barangay Mantebo, Sibuco town in Zamboanga del Norte, complained of pain and numbness in the lower extremities. One of the patients Pantera Nadjal said it was in May this year when she started feeling numbness and a tingling sensation in her feet and legs. Fifteen other villagers experienced the same and are now at the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC). "Parang hangin dito sa paa nagsimula tapos umakyat hanggang sa tiyan," Nadjal said. Dr. Saibzur Edding, hospital chief in Sibuco, other residents of Mantebo have also been admitted in the municipal hospital. Edding expressed doubt that the illness could be due to mining or fishing. He said there is no mining activity in or near Mantebo. Fishermen also do not use dynamite or cyanide when fishing. Dr. Maribel Felisario, Information Officer of the ZCMC, said they will be sending samples of the patients' urine and blood to DOH-Manila for testing. They have also gathered samples from the environment, including water, samples of fish and seaweeds that are reportedly part of the patients' diet. Meanwhile, Dr. Felisario said they have encountered similar cases in the past, but "this one is different since the patients come from one area."

Vehicle Accident - Asia - Bangladesh

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 05:47 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110715-31584-BGD
Date / time: 15/07/2011 12:46:31 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Bangladesh
State/County: Kalmakanda District
Location: Netrakona [Mahishkhala river]
Number of Deads: 3 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 12 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

At least three people were drowned and dozens went missing after a boat capsized on Friday morning in the Mahishkhala river in Bangladesh's Kalmakanda sub-district of Netrakona district, 158 km northeast of capital Dhaka. Survivors were quoted by website of leading English newspaper The Daily Star as saying that the boat with 35 people onboard sank after being hit by strong river current. Several passengers managed to swim ashore. Local people found three bodies while dozens of passengers still remained missing. Ferry and boat disasters are common in Bangladesh, which is criss-crossed by about 250 rivers. Ferry is still a key means of transport in the South Asian country.

Flash Flood - Africa - Somalia

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 05:45 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110715-31583-SOM
Date / time: 15/07/2011 12:44:09 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: Africa
Country: Somalia
State/County: Capital City
Location: Mogadishu [Banaadir]
Number of Deads: 3 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Three children of Somalis who fled the drought-stricken Bay and Bakol regions were among five people who died in a torrential rain in Mogadishu on Thursday. An elderly woman and man also died in the rain, which started on Wednesday. “The (internally displaced persons) were living in a wide open location lacking shelter from downpour and hot sun,” said Hawa Ali, an IDP in the Hamerwein district where a child and the two elderly people died. In the Dahrkenley district of Mogadishu, two children died during the downpour, said Moalim Abdulle, the district commissioner. “These people died because of cold as they were not protected and were without proper shelter,“ said Abdulle. The rain also affected the movement of people, transport and business, as well as the delivery of aid supplies to the IDP camps, as roads in the capital became impassable. “In the last 24 hours, residents could not come out from their homes and were indoors because of the heavy shower,” said Abdikadir Mohamed, a Mogadishu resident. Thousands of Somalis from regions outside Mogadishu are camped along street corners and in abandoned buildings in the capital. About 10 million people are affected by the drought amid fighting in the country between al-Shabaab militants who seek to overthrow the government, which is backed by African Union peacekeeping forces.

Epidemic Hazard - Australia - Australia

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 01:30 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110715-31582-AUS
Date / time: 15/07/2011 08:28:39 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Australia
Country: Australia
State/County: State of South Australia
Location: Adelaide
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 1 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

South Australian health authorities have issued a public alert after a man returned to Adelaide from overseas infected with measles. Chief medical officer Paddy Phillips said the man was infectious when he travelled from Dubai through Melbourne to Adelaide earlier this month. He was a passenger on the Emirates flight EK 406 from Dubai which arrived in Melbourne on July 8. He then travelled on a Virgin flight DJ 213 which left Melbourne for Adelaide the same day. "We are advising anyone who was either on these flights or in the Adelaide or Melbourne airports on the morning of Friday July 8 to be alert for any symptoms of measles over the next two weeks and if they are ill to see their doctor," Professor Phillips said. "Symptoms usually begin with fever, cough, runny nose, and sore eyes, followed by a rash which begins on the head and then spreads down the body." Measles is spread through the air and is highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised. Complications can be severe. The man's is the first case of measles reported in South Australia in 2011. Only one case was reported in 2010.

Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 01:28 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110715-31581-USA
Date / time: 15/07/2011 08:27:22 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Oklahoma
Location: [Lake Tenkiller]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

The U.S. Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District office has confirmed the presence of poisonous blue-green algae at Lake Tenkiller. The level at Strayhorn Landing and Pine Creek tested at low-risk, so caution is advised when coming in contact with water there. The Corps also tested near Horseshoe Bend, said spokesman Nate Herring, but did not find blue-green algae. However, the nitrogen levels were high in that area. It will be monitored closely, since high nitrogen levels contribute to the growth of blue-green algae, Herring said.

Enviroment Pollution - North-America - USA

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 01:25 AM PDT

EDIS Number: ED-20110715-31580-USA
Date / time: 15/07/2011 08:24:33 [UTC]
Event: Enviroment Pollution
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of North Dakota
Location: [Hardscrabble Oil Field]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

An obviously shaken owner of the oil well that caused the first oil spill directly into the Missouri River in North Dakota said he wants to do the right thing and clean up any effects of the spill. The spill was reported late Wednesday afternoon, when owners of a nearby well noticed an oil slick on the muddy floodwaters in the floodplain southwest of Williston. Kris Roberts, environmental geologist with the state Division of Water Quality, said at least 20 barrels of oil — around 900 gallons — leaked at a well site owned by Ryan Exploration Inc., when a storage tank shifted in the floodwaters. Well owner Tim Ryan of Denver said an aerial view of the well site Thursday afternoon relieved his worst fears. “We saw a couple of questionable spots, but my nightmare was that we would see one big slick,” he said. He said he is com mitted to the cleanup, which could cost $500,000. The spill is much smaller than one two weeks ago into the Yellowstone River near Billings, Mont. There, a ruptured crude oil pipeline spilled 42,000 gallons into the Yellowstone, which runs into the Missouri River a few miles south of Williston. The Ryan well was among 40 or so on the low-lying floodplain between Williston and Trenton that were shut in by order of state officials when the Missouri River started rising in May. Some companies emptied storage tanks of oil and refilled them with water to hold them down and prevent them from bobbing in the high water. Ryan said the two oil storage tanks at the well site were not emptied of oil, possibly because rising water came too fast. The one that bobbed and apparently broke a connecting pipe contained 68 barrels before the spill and the other has 200 barrels and is apparently intact, he said. Two other tanks contain production water that comes up with oil.

Roberts said SM Energy, the company that discovered spill, immediately went to work to start cleanup and containment of the oil. “They really stepped up and it’s not their well,” he said. By Thursday afternoon, Ryan’s crews and contractors had added a rigid ring and two more absorbent booms around the storage tanks. Oily absorbent pads were stored onshore in green barrel drums that will be sealed and hauled for disposal. “We dodged a bullet,” Roberts said. “I didn’t see anything big enough to give me heartburn.” He said the floodwaters will have to recede before the situation can be fully investigated. Roberts said he didn’t know how many storage tanks at other flooded wells are still holding oil. Ryan said he bought the 30-year-old well a decade ago, along with one other nearby. He said the well, a stripper well because of its age and low production, only produces 6 barrels a day, but hopes to use it to get into deeper, more lucrative formations. He said it remains to be seen whether the tank leaked only 20 barrels or if more will leak before the pipe can be fixed. Right now, the whole site is underwater for miles. “Clearly, I should have been more prepared, but it didn’t occur to me that the water would go over our 10-foot (containment) dike,” Ryan said. “When I heard this, I felt terrible. I don’t think I slept an hour last night.” Williams County Emergency Manager Mike Hallesy said the incident stresses the potential of what could occur in the oil patch. Roberts said the spill into the river has been reported to both federal and state regulatory officials, and that Gov. Jack Dalrymple was briefed.

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