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Attorney Bill Bontrager of Tucson, Ariz., talks about cleanup efforts at the site of the Renville Township pipeline leak Monday during a tourof saltwater-damaged lands in rural Bottineau County. The leak, discovered in 2011, severely affected about 23 acres of cropland and shallow ponds, according to a state Department of Health official.

Tour highlights land damaged by saltwater


ANTLER - Walking across a field Monday as oil pumpjacks bobbed in the distance against the blue sky, farmer David Larson searched the ground for signs of the barley that was reportedly planted earlier this year.

But mostly what he found was foxtail barley, a "totally useless" plant that can tolerate the type of saltwater-tainted soil found in this field in northwestern Bottineau County, he said.

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