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Brine flows into tributary, but state says spill contained

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BISMARCK -- Brine released from a McKenzie County oilfield site reached a tributary of Lonesome Creek, but the spill was contained, the North Dakota Department of Health reported.

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RIM Operating Inc. reported that 250 barrels -- 10,500 gallons -- of produced saltwater, a byproduct of oil production, was released at the site about three miles west of Alexander.

Some of the saltwater escaped and ran into an iced-over drainage that flows into Lonesome Creek, the Health Department stated in a news release Monday.

However, there was no water flowing in the drainage at the time, and the spill was contained and no public water supplies were threatened, the department reported.

The company has submitted a cleanup plan.

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