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Produced water spills from pipeline leak in North Dakota

August 6, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Produced water has spilled from a pipeline leak and impacted farmland in western North Dakota.

The North Dakota Department of Health says the spill happened about 2 miles (3 kilometers) northwest of Dickinson in Stark County.

The pipeline is owned by Scout Energy Management LLC and is part of an enhanced oil recovery system which pumps produced water into the oil-bearing formation to increase oil flow. Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development.

The spill happened Friday and was reported the next day. Initial estimates indicate about 21,000 gallons of produced water were released and impacted agricultural land.

The Health Department has inspected the site and will continue to monitor the investigation and cleanup.

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