ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Brine, oil spill in North Dakota mostly recovered

Saltwater disposal company Goodnight Midstream reported that a tank leak caused the spill, which occurred about eight miles northeast of New Town.

FSA oil spill
We are part of The Trust Project.

BISMARCK — An estimated 26,000 gallons of produced water and 1,900 gallons of oil spilled Thursday, Feb. 20, at a saltwater disposal well in Mountrail County, N.D., according to a news release from the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Produced water is a mixture of saltwater, oil and sometimes, drilling fluids, that is created during oil and gas production.

Saltwater disposal company Goodnight Midstream reported that a tank leak caused the spill, which occurred about eight miles northeast of New Town. Nearly all of the spilled brine and oil was recovered on-site when the spill was reported to the state on Friday, according to the release, and cleanup continues.

Department officials will continue inspecting the site and monitoring remediation efforts.

Jeremy Turley is a Bismarck-based reporter for Forum News Service, which provides news coverage to publications owned by Forum Communications Company.
What to read next
Breaking News
An armed robbery of a truck stop early Friday morning in northern Stark County persists as the Stark County Sheriff's Office requests public assistance.
Monday the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality cautioned that the water in Patterson Lake and Lake Tschida may contain blue-green algae that can be harmful to humans.
A press release from the Sioux Falls Police Department did not specify whether the individual killed was a suspect, officer or bystander.
The Killdeer Ambulance District is seeking a five mill property tax levy increase to support operations in Dunn County.