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Brine spill reported at Bottineau County injection well site

BOTTINEAU — A spill at an injection well site owned by Denbury Onshore in Bottineau County released about 1,000 barrels, or 42,000 gallons, of brine, the North Dakota Department of Health said.

A failed pipe fitting caused the spill, the department said. About 100 barrels, or 4,200 gallons, escaped the site into a neighboring wetland. A temporary berm was constructed to prevent additional fluid from reaching the wetland.

About 700 barrels, or 29,400 gallons, have been recovered.

Inspectors from the North Dakota Department of Health and the Oil and Gas Division have been on location and are coordinating further assessment and cleanup.

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