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More than 30,000 gallons of brine spilled in Mountrail County

BNN North Dakota reported the spill about 13 miles north of New Town occurred due to a pipeline leak. By the time the spill was reported, about half of the brine had been recovered.

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An oil well in western North Dakota. Forum News Service file photo

BISMARCK — An estimated 33,600 gallons of produced water spilled Sunday, June 14, at a saltwater disposal well in Mountrail County, N.D., according to a news release from the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Produced water, or brine, is a mixture of saltwater, oil and sometimes drilling fluids that is created during oil and gas production.

BNN North Dakota reported the spill about 13 miles north of New Town occurred due to a pipeline leak. By the time the spill was reported, about half of the brine had been recovered.

Department officials will continue inspecting the site and monitoring remediation efforts, according to the release.

Related Topics: ENERGY AND MINING
Jeremy Turley is a Bismarck-based reporter for Forum News Service, which provides news coverage to publications owned by Forum Communications Company.
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