A pipeline in Stark County, operated by Scout Energy Management, LLC., suffered a leak on Monday, June 17, resulting in more than 8,400 gallons of oil and gas by-product being spilled near the Interstate 94 on-ramp at mile marker 57 near Dickinson.
The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality was notified of the spill and have been on site to monitor the investigation since receiving the report.
"In that volume it's always a little bit of a concern, but due to its location and incident type we wouldn't say this event is at the top of the list," Brian O'Gorman, spill investigation program member with the NDDEQ, said about the significance of the incident. "It's something that is manageable and they should be able to handle the cleanup pretty easily."
According to O'Gorman, initial estimates by the NDDEQ indicate that the produced water impacted a small drainageway on private property and that Scout Energy Management has contained the spill in the drainageway and have recovered approximately 200 barrels of produced water.
"The information that I have is that they put up diking in the drainageway and even if it rains that diking should be able to hold it there," O'Gorman said. "They're bringing in vac-trucks and are vacuuming that out and disposing of that water. They dug holes so they could get the vac-truck hoses in there and basically remove any water that's coming into that area."
O'Gorman was unable to provide a status of the cleanup, but did say that Scout Energy is assessing it and will determine what they will do with the produced water.
"Dig and haul is going to be the way to go about it, but that's up to them to decide how they want to clean it up," he said. "We will be keeping in contact with the company to see what their plans are and keeping up with their work, but as of right now that's all we can comment on."
Speaking to the public health concern, O'Gorman said that the threat was minimal.
"Until we get the full assessment of what all occurred, it's really hard to tell if there is any danger to the public on that part of it," he said. "Unless the public venture onto the private property and roll around in it, and I'm not trying to be funny, there's probably not going to be any health concerns associated with this spill."
Contact was made with representatives from Scout Energy Management, who declined to comment on the spillage and cleanup operations at this time.