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Frozen equipment leads to 15,000 gallon oil spill in western North Dakota

All of the oil has been contained on site, state regulators reported.

FSA oil spill

BISMARCK — Frozen equipment caused about 15,000 gallons of oil to spill north of Watford City, N.D., this week, an oil producer reported to state regulators over the weekend.

Ovintiv reported that the spill was contained to its well site after the leak was discovered on Sunday, Dec. 19. Nearly all of the oil has been recovered, according to the incident report .

The Denver-based company reported that frozen residual water caused equipment to break, leading to the spill from a fluid tank.

A state inspector has visited the spill site and is continuing to monitor clean-up, the Department of Mineral Resources said in a statement on Tuesday.

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