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2,000 gallons of saltwater, oil spill in Billings County

BELFIELD, N.D. (AP) — State officials are monitoring the spill of about 2,000 gallons of saltwater and oil from a pipeline leak in Billings County.

The Health Department estimates 40 barrels of saltwater and 8 barrels of oil spilled at a site operated by White Rock Oil and Gas on Friday, about 18 miles northwest of Belfield. Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production. A barrel holds 42 gallons.

Officials say an undetermined amount of saltwater and oil flowed into a stock pond. Officials with the Health Department and the state Oil and Gas Division are on site.

In related news, North Dakota regulators mull easing pipeline spill fine.

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