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Saltwater spilled, recovered at Williams County well

February 22, 2019

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Equipment failure is being blamed for the spill of about 11,000 gallons of saltwater at a well in Williams County.

North Dakota’s Oil and Gas Division says Equinor Energy LP reported Thursday that 260 barrels of saltwater spilled at a well about 6 miles northeast of Williston due to a pipeline valve leak. Saltwater, or brine, is a byproduct of oil production.

All of the brine was contained on site and recovered, and a state inspector has visited the site.

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