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Nearly 19,000 gallons of saltwater spills north of Tioga

BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Department of Health says a pipeline has leaked nearly 19,000 gallons of saltwater in northwest North Dakota.

The pipeline owned by Continental Resources ruptured after it was struck by equipment excavating at the site about 16 miles north of Tioga.

The 450-barrel saltwater, or brine, spill was contained to the excavated area near the pipeline. The department says it has not impacted any waterways and is not a threat to public health at this time.

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 Department of Health and the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division have responded and say cleanup is underway.

In related news, ND bill might require more monitoring on saltwater pipelines.

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21 comments

  1. Sounds like the line wasn’t located or a inexperienced operator that shouldn’t have been digging it up

  2. Sounds like it’s a lot of salt mixed with water so who the he’ll cares bc its salt water. Pretty much as natural as you find it in the ocena

  3. Anybody notice the gallons are off on this story what’s up with 5hat

  4. It has almost 40x more salt then oceanic water

  5. That’s 452 barrels. Leave it to the media to make it look BIGGER.

  6. ‘The 450-gallon saltwater, or brine, spill was contained to the excavated area near the pipeline’
    450 bbl of brine that is two vac trucks to pick-up and hauled for disposal
    Confusion in volume 450 gals vs 19,000 gals. a simple error 19,000 gals is 450 bbls — when converting forgot to change the unit of measure

  7. Does not help the controversy

  8. Hahaha…go up 22 just before the bridge. There are two water disposal locations,ive seen day after day water leaking from trailers going to it and leaving it headed back to bi14…nobody does anything about that.oh thats right its indian land so feds kept quiet.

  9. Big deal we have salt run off on every hwy on Minnesota for 4 months of the year

  10. Oh my god, think of all the taffy that will be lost….

  11. You’re gonna kill all the trees!