Oil and brine spills in McKenzie County after lightning sets tank on fire
BISMARCK — An estimated 33,600 gallons of produced water and 1,700 gallons of oil spilled in McKenzie County, N.D., according to a news release from the state Department of Environmental Quality. The spilled materials were completely recovered.
Produced water, or brine, is a mixture of saltwater, oil and sometimes, drilling fluids, that is created during oil and gas production.
The spill occurred Wednesday, Aug. 26, at a saltwater disposal well about nine miles from Watford City after lightning set a storage tank on fire, according to the press release. E-Source Energy SWD reported the spill.
Department officials will continue inspecting the site and monitoring remediation efforts.