A North Dakota farmer is the new Jed Clampett, Sr., having his own Beverly Hillbillies moment when he found some bubbling crude on his wheat farm. Unfortunately, Steve Jensen isn't going to be Hollywood rich as a result, as he's just going to be dealing with the more than 20,000 barrels of oil that spilled out on his property and beyond.
Bubbling 6 inches high and covering the same distance as seven football fields in length, this "black gold" was the result of Tesoro Corp's underground pipeline rupturing, impacting a little more than 7 acres of land, according to Yahoo News.
It took the state 12 days to notify its residents about the spill, but the oil spill has now been contained with no one harmed--human or animal--and no contamination of the water supply. The nearest home was a half-mile away from the contamination site.
Jacob Weidmer was on hand at the time Steve Jensen discovered the oil problem on his property, as both men were harvesting Jensen's wheat, and Weidmer was the first to liken the event to Jed Clampett's discovery of oil while out shooting.
"It was just like Jed Clampett shooting at some food. Except we weren't hunting, we were harvesting," Weidmer said.