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Oil, saltwater spills in Mountrail County

ROSS -- An oil and saltwater spill in Mountrail County has been contained, a media release from the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said.

Statoil Oil & Gas L.P. reported Tuesday that 427 barrels of oil and 142 barrels of saltwater were released, contained and recovered at the Anderson 28-33 3H well about seven miles south of Ross.

A valve failure is believed to have caused the spill. A state inspector has been to the site.

This is the second release this month at a Statoil site, Oil and Gas Division spokeswoman Alison Ritter said. A pipeline five miles northwest of Arnegard in McKenzie County leaked a preliminary estimate of 75 barrels of saltwater, with some runoff possibly entering nearby Timber Creek.

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