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A truck travels down a McKenzie County rural road in July 2012 kicking up plenty of dust in its wake.

Oil field waste may bite the dust

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WATFORD CITY -- What is now considered oil field waste could be reused as an affordable way to control dust on western North Dakota roads, officials said Wednesday.

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The North Dakota Department of Health is studying whether oil field brine, or the saltwater that is a byproduct of producing oil wells, can safely be used to control dust on gravel roads.

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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.

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