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Lightning strike causes oil, salt water spill

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ROSS -- A lightning strike at 4:30 a.m. Friday caused 580 barrels of oil and 1,800 barrels of salt water to be released near Ross in Mountrail County, according to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division.

The strike at a salt water disposal well caused a still-smoldering fire, which burnt up most of the oil. The excess oil and salt water has been “released and contained,” according to Department of Mineral Resources public information officer Alison Ritter.

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