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2 oil spills reported in McKenzie, Williams

Oil well sites in Williams and McKenzie counties reported oil spills Wednesday.

A site operated by Zavanna LLC about 8 miles east of Williston released approximately 300 barrels, some of which was sprayed onto agricultural land, according to initial reports from the North Dakota Department of Health. Zavanna recovered 295 barrels.

The second site, owned by Newfield Production Co., released 35 barrels. Some sprayed off location to a small, frozen pond, according to the release. The oil well is 20 miles northeast of Watford City.

The oil spray near Watford City impacted approximately 2 acres of land. About 20 barrels were recovered.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.