BISMARCK, N.D. — The state oil authorities say all but five barrels of brine have been cleaned up from a spill that occurred near Tioga this weekend.
The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says the Hess Corporation reported on Saturday that 320 barrels of brine were released and contained at the BLDU central tank facility in Williams County.
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.
The company says the cause of the spill was a piping leak.
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