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Southwest Water Authority: Montana oil spill headed toward Lake Sakakawea

Officials say Friday's approximate 1,000 barrel oil spill into the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont. may be cause for concern for North Dakotans and is headed for Lake Sakakawea.

Mary Massad, general manager and CEO of Southwest Water Authority said during a meeting this morning in Dickinson that oil from the spill is coming toward the Authority's water source, Lake Sakakawea, which serves residents of western North Dakota.

She is unsure of how the spill will impact the lake and has calls out to officials looking for answers.

North Dakota is about 270 miles downstream from the Laurel area, where the break spilled about 1,000 barrels of crude oil into the waterway.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer shares Massad's concern, saying that he believes oil from a broken pipeline under the Yellowstone River has traveled into North Dakota.

He added the river was flowing about 7 mph, so it was a given that some oil has reached North Dakota.

See more on the story in Wednesday's Dickinson Press.