Oil and brine spills in McKenzie County after lightning sets tank on fire

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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.

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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