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Pipeline Usage To Resume

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A pipeline responsible for the largest oil spill on U.S. Soil is ready to carry oil once again...

Tesoro Corp. says it has received permission from federal regulators to restart a pipeline that ruptured and is responsible for the largest oil leak in state history.

More than 20,000 barrels of oil spilled into a North Dakota farm field northeast of Tioga in late September.

Tesoro announced the restart today.

The company says it has accepted a safety order from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration that sets conditions to restart the pipeline.

A farmer discovered the spill while harvesting a wheat field.

Tesoro says the damaged portion of the pipeline was removed and sent to an independent laboratory for analysis.

Federal regulators say a preliminary investigation shows a lightning strike might have caused the rupture.

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