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Photo Courtesy of North Dakota Department of Health Oil company workers from Encore Energy Partners Operating LLC pump saltwater out of a creek in the Badlands in Billings County after an Oct. 30 spill.

Unwanted water: Saltwater spills can cause lasting damage, are difficult to clean up

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More than 55,000 barrels of saltwater — about 2.3 million gallons — produced by the oil and gas industry have been spilled on North Dakota land in the past 22 months, posing an environmental risk to soil, plants and freshwater resources in dozens of cases, a Forum News Service review of incident reports found.

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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