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ND approves two Bakken pipeline projects

Two pipeline projects have been approved by the North Dakota Public Service Commission after the company involved assured that leak detection will be enhanced. Following a large saltwater spill, Meadowlark Midstream told state officials that the company would improve leak detection in its transport systems. State commissioners granted approval to a 46-mile crude oil pipeline in Divide and Burke counties ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Your move, Gov. Bullock Williston Herald, Williston, Jan. 24, 2015 In North Dakota, we know a few things about oil spills and toothless penalties. Calling it second nature for us to doubt the state government’s ability to levy and maintain a fine for an environmental incident isn’t a stretch. And there’s plenty of evidence to support that sentiment when we ...

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Warm weather complicates cleanup of brine spill

Temperatures reaching the 50s in the oil patch may be relief to some, but the warmer weather is hindering cleanup efforts at the site of a major pipeline leak. The Forum News Service (FNS) reports that melting snow pack and increased water flow is making it difficult to collect the contamination in Blacktail Creek, according to David Glatt of the ...

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EPA: 4M gallons pumped from North Dakota saltwater spill

More than 4 million gallons of a mixture of fresh water, brine and oil have been pumped from the area affected by the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota’s current energy boom, according to a report issued Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The report provides an overall assessment on the nearly 3 million-gallon spill of saltwater generated by oil ...

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Summit Midstream unsure when pipeline will resume operation

On Thursday Summit Midstream Partners LP announced that the company is unsure when its damaged saltwater line in North Dakota will return to operating as usual, according to a report from Reuters. On January 6 the pipeline rupture was detected north of Williston. State officials estimate that nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil and gas drilling was ...

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Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

BISMARCK, N.D. — Earthen barriers have been set up across a creek and water was being tested Thursday around the site of a nearly 3 million-gallon leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, the largest spill of its kind during North Dakota’s current oil rush. The berms were built at Blacktail Creek to prevent potentially contaminated water from flowing out ...

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Brine spill near Williston largest since ND’s oil boom began

WILLISTON, N.D. — A North Dakota health official says a 70,000-barrel brine spill near Williston that has affected two creeks is the largest since the state’s oil boom began. Dave Glatt with the state Department of Health’s environmental health section says operator Summit Midstream has begun the cleanup process and inspectors have been monitoring the affected area. Brine is an ...

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Officials worried about saltwater spill into Little Muddy

BISMARCK, N.D. — A saltwater spill north of Williston reached the Little Muddy River, but state officials said it would be a while before harm to the environment can be measured. The saltwater spilled from a pipeline into Blacktail Creek and from there flowed into the Little Muddy. The spill was detected last week and the amount isn’t yet known, ...

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Brine spills into creek north of Williston

The North Dakota Department of Health has reported that an unspecified amount of material used in the hydraulic fracturing production process was released into a creek in Williams County. The Department of Health was notified of the spill by Summit Midstream. The produced salt water known as brine was released approximately 15 miles north of Williston from a disposal line. ...

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