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Produced water spill reported in Billings County

The North Dakota Environmental Quality department is reporting that 25 barrels (1,050 gallons) of produced water discharged, impacting Blacktail Creek.

White Rock Oil and Gas, LLC recently notified state and federal agencies of a produced water release from a buried pipeline they operate.
White Rock Oil and Gas, LLC recently notified state and federal agencies of a produced water release from a buried pipeline they operate.
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BILLINGS COUNTY, N.D. — Approximately 1,050 barrels of produced water leaked from a White Rock Oil and Gas, LLC pipeline in Billings County, according to a release from the North Dakota Environmental Quality department.

According to the release, state and federal agencies were notified by White Rock of the produced water spill which originated from a buried pipeline the company operates about 7 miles northwest of Fairfield in southwest North Dakota.

White Rock Oil and Gas confirmed to state officials that the impacted area includes Blacktail Creek, and occurred on U.S. Forest Service property.

The cause of the spill is under investigation. Personnel from the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality and various other agencies are inspecting the site and will continue to monitor the investigation and remediation.

Federal and state laws require that operators report the spillage of any materials that may pollute water, air or soil. Visit spill.nd.gov for more information about North Dakota’s Unified Spill Reporting System notifications and the public access tool.

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