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Enbridge employees simulated a worst-case scenario Wednesday to practice how they would respond to an oil spill in the Souris River.
The simulated exercise that employees learned of at 10 a.m. Tuesday was that an excavator struck one of Enbridge’s crude oil pipelines and released 800 barrels – or 33,600 gallons – of oil into the Souris River near Towner.
Another 1,000 barrels, or 42,000 gallons, of oil released onto farm fields adjacent to the river, under the practice scenario.
About 100 Enbridge employees participated in the full-scale exercise Tuesday and Wednesday that included a team of responders at an incident command center in Minot and others deploying equipment in the river that would be used to contain an actual spill.