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80K gallons of produced water spill on Dunn County farm land

May 7, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A pipeline spill in Dunn County released nearly 80,000 gallons of produced water and impacted pasture land.

North Dakota’s Department of Environmental Quality says the spill is believed to have been caused by workers installing an electrical line.

Produced water is a mixture of saltwater and oil that can contain drilling chemicals. Pipeline operator XTO Energy reported the spill 27 miles southwest of Mandaree in late April and on Monday updated the spilled volume to 1,900 barrels. A barrel holds 42 gallons.

State officials have inspected the site and are monitoring remediation.