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Another brine spill caused by lightning near Alexander, ND

Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media

Lightning struck an oilfield site yesterday around 5 p.m. devastating nine saltwater tanks and two oil tanks. Over 2,000 barrels of post-production brine was released, along with 167 barrels (5177 gallons) of oil.

Post-production brine is much more difficult to clean up than oil, due to its almost immediate absorption into the soil. Spills such as this will often kill all plant life in the area of the spill for years to come.

There have been 3 or more lightning-related oil spills in North Dakota this year.

Dustin Monke reports:

“McKenzie County Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson said the strike occurred at 5 p.m. at the Helling Saltwater Disposal Well off U.S. Highway 85, three miles south of Alexander.

As of 7 p.m., the fire was still burning with no injuries reported.”

Read more about the spill: Lightning causes fire, spill in McKenzie Co.

Related: Lightning strike, explosion cause release of saltwater

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