A North Dakota farm family affected by a 2013 oil spill that leaked some 840,000 gallons of oil across their wheat field is finally ready to plant for the first time after nearly five years of cleanup work.
The spill came from a pipeline owned by former Tesoro, which is now Andeavor, who said lightning may have struck the line and caused the pipeline rupture in northern North Dakota near the Canadian border in 2013.
The spill came to affect about 14 acres of land and has cost the pipeline company $93 million in cleanup efforts. The original cost estimate of cleanup was about $4 million.
The pipeline company said the spill did not affect water sources or any wildlife.
The farm family told reporters it hopes to plant a cover crop this year on the spill-affected area to put nutrients back into the soil in order to encourage a cash crop next year.
The Andeavor spill has been called one of the largest onshore spills in U.S. history.