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Excavation work is underway on Tuesday near Williston at the site of a saltwater pipeline spill. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Cleanup underway after Williston saltwater pipeline spill


WILLISTON – About 1,240 barrels of saltwater were released north of here after a drain valve was left open on a pipeline, the North Dakota Department of Health said Tuesday.

Eric Bayes of Oasis Petroleum said an employee discovered a large puddle at a well site Monday morning north of Williston. The company believes the pipeline began releasing brine, a byproduct of oil production, early Sunday, Bayes said.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.