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More than 17K gallons of saltwater spill near Watford City

WATFORD CITY, N.D. — North Dakota oil regulators say more than 17,000 gallons of saltwater have spilled from a disposal well near Watford City.

The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says Wyoming-based True Oil LLC on Monday reported that the 17,640 gallons were released, contained and recovered at the disposal well located about 15 miles southwest of Watford City. The cause of the spill is listed as a pump leak.

The division says a state inspector has been at the site of the release.

Saltwater, or brine, is an unwanted byproduct of oil production. It is many times saltier than sea water and can easily kill vegetation.

In related news, North Dakota eyes science for oilfield brine cleanup.

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