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A cleanup worker moves an extraction hose Thursday near the portion of the Tesoro pipeline that spilled 20,600 barrels of oil north of Tioga.

Cleaning up Tioga's oil spill


TIOGA -- Alarm bells went off for Eric Haugstad as the Tesoro official listened to the conference call from San Antonio.

Crews burned oil that had pooled in a wheat field following a pipeline leak near here, but discovered more oil as they began digging to expose the pipe.

"That's when I said 'I've got to go pack my bag,'" recalled Haugstad, who has years of experience responding to major oil spills.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.