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Over 114K gallons of produced water spill near Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A faulty valve has caused a spill of more than 114,000 gallons of a mixture of saltwater and oil near Williston.

The state Department of Health says the spill occurred Sunday at a site operated by Zavanna, LLC, about 4 miles northeast of Williston.

Initial estimates show that about 114,786 gallons of what’s known as produced water were released. Produced water is a mixture of saltwater and oil and can contain drilling chemicals.

Cody Duran is Zavanna’s vice president of operations. He says the company has hired contractors to collect the water.

An undetermined amount of the produced water flowed into a dry drainage. The Health Department says no surface water has been impacted.

Personnel with the Health Department and the state’s Oil and Gas Division are at the site.

In related news, Williston is still open for business despite oil price downturn.

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