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Pump leak causes 17,640 gallon saltwater spill near Watford City

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - A pump leak caused an estimated 420 barrels, or 17,640 gallons, of saltwater to spill at a disposal well, the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources said Monday.

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – A pump leak caused an estimated 420 barrels, or 17,640 gallons, of saltwater to spill at a disposal well, the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources said Monday.

The spill, which was contained to the well site and recovered, occurred at a location owned by True Oil about 15 miles southwest of Watford City.

The spill occurred on Thursday morning and the company reported it to state regulators on Monday, said spokeswoman Alison Ritter. A state inspector has been to the location.

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