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Spill cleanup continues in Williams County

WILLISTON -- Summit Midstream has recovered more than 150,000 barrels of contaminated water -- including a mixture of snow and ice melt water, water flowing in the creek, groundwater, produced water and 90 to 130 barrels of oil -- from a brine an...

WILLISTON - Summit Midstream has recovered more than 150,000 barrels of contaminated water - including a mixture of snow and ice melt water, water flowing in the creek, groundwater, produced water and 90 to 130 barrels of oil - from a brine and oil spill near Williston.
The North Dakota Department of Health, in conjunction with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, continues to monitor the cleanup from the spill that was reported Jan. 7. An estimated 70,000 barrels of brine and oil were released.
Summit has constructed barriers to collect contaminated groundwater and prevent it from reaching the creek. Pumping operations on the creek continue, as does monitoring of Blacktail Creek, Little Muddy Creek, the Missouri River and groundwater in the vicinity of the leak.
Test results reveal that concentrations of chloride in Little Muddy Creek have dropped to levels below the state water quality standard, while concentrations in Blacktail Creek continue to exceed the standard. Residual oil was observed on Blacktail Creek.

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