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More than 21,000 gallons of saltwater leak in northwest ND

BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Department of Health says a pipeline that leaked about 21,000 gallons of saltwater in northwest North Dakota has impacted a nearby wetland.

The pipeline owned by Oasis Petroleum LLC leaked approximately 500 barrels of saltwater, or brine, about 11 miles northwest of Powers Lake. The health department says 475 barrels of the spill have been recovered.

It’s unclear how much of the nearby wetland has been impacted.

The health department is on site and says it is providing oversight of the cleanup. The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division has also been at the cleanup.

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, ND bill might require more monitoring on saltwater pipelines.

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10 comments

  1. Size of a school bus. Not a lot.

  2. Why show a picture of an oil spill when it’s a saltwater spill?

  3. Typical media over-blowing something small.

  4. I am sure the state will punish them with a $50 fine.

  5. It’s only 500 bbl !! 1 frac tank!! Whoopi. .. not a big deal! Considering 2/3rds of the world is a salt water spill…Lol

  6. Why haven’t we heard how much was spilled on the west side of hwy 85 about 3 miles north of 13 mile corner.