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Saltwater spill contained on-site at Divide County oil well

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators say a spill involving 21,000 gallons of saltwater was contained on-site at an oil well in Divide County.

The state Oil and Gas Division says the spill at a well site about 5 miles south of Fortuna was reported Sunday. Murex Petroleum Corp. reported that 500 barrels of saltwater were contained and recovered on site. One barrel holds 42 gallons.

Saltwater, or brine, is a byproduct of oil production.

A pump leak was listed as the cause of the spill. A state inspector visited the site.

In related news, ND bill might require more monitoring on saltwater pipelines.

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  1. There is a job opening! lol

  2. Spilling 500 barrels takes talent.

  3. I like how when it’s a spill the number is given in gallons and when it is how much oil is produced it is always barrels.

  4. think large above ground swimming pool

  5. I’m sorry but if these people in the oil industry , from start to finish don’t get organized with a better process. Oil could be at $200 a barrel and it won’t matter the EPA will have it so restrictive it will be cost prohibitive to get the oil out of the ground!