This is a guest post by Jesse Coleman, cross-posted with permission from Greenpeace blog The Witness.
North Dakota, long known for its cattle ranches and open spaces, has recently become one of the oil and gas industry's most prized (and profitable) possessions, thanks to the advent of fracking. However, the price of oil and gas industry development is paid in destruction to the environment and strains to the regulatory framework meant to protect the public from a reckless industry, as Tesoro’s massive oil spill attests.
Documents from an open records request by Greenpeace have uncovered that Tesoro, a fracking giant based in San Antonio:
Possibly knew their pipeline was dangerously weak
Tesoro ran tests on the pipeline that ruptured more than 2 weeks before the spill was discovered.