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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.


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 or (701) 580-6890.