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100-barrel salt water, oil spill reported near Lake Sakakawea

BISMARCK - Petro-Hunt immediately began cleaning up a salt water, oil spill reported Saturday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

A North Dakota Health Department official says environmental damage is believed minimal, according to The Associated Press.

AP reports Scientist Mike Sauer says an estimated 100 barrels of saltwater reached the Missouri River reservoir. He says most of the five barrels of oil that leaked has been recovered but oil did get into the lake water. Sauer says there is no visible damage to any fish, livestock or wildlife.

The Forest Service-Dakota Prairie Grasslands received a report on Saturday from Petro-Hunt of the failure of a pipeline carrying salt water and oil, according to a Forest Service press release issued this morning.

The pipeline is about 12 miles north of Keene and crosses the Little Missouri National Grassland.

The pipeline is under special use permit to Petro-Hunt. The company estimates that about 100 barrels of salt water and oil had leaked from the ruptured pipeline and had flowed toward Lake Sakakawea, according to the press release. The lake is about one mile from the spill.

Petro-Hunt immediately began clean up once the rupture was discovered, according to the release.

Lake Sakakawea is mostly ice covered but preliminary reports indicate that the emulsion reached the lake, according to the Forest Service.

The North Dakota Department of Health, the North Dakota Industrial Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been notified.