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2,500 gallons of saltwater and oil reach tributary to creek

BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Department of Health says about 2,500 gallons of saltwater and 200 gallons of oil have been spilled and have impacted a tributary of a creek in northwest North Dakota.

The department says the approximately 60 barrels of brine and five barrels of oil impacted a tributary of Stony Creek near Bowbells. It says impacted water has been diked to prevent further runoff downstream.

It wasn’t immediately clear Saturday what caused the spill.

The department says inspectors have been on the scene to monitor the cleanup by OXY USA Inc.

Brine is an unwanted byproduct of oil production and is considered an environmental hazard by the state. It is many times saltier than sea water and can easily kill vegetation exposed to it.

In related news, Nearly 19,000 gallons of saltwater spills north of Tioga.

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