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Tank leak spills brine, oil at ND saltwater disposal well

February 24, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A tank leak has spilled brine and oil at a saltwater disposal well near New Town, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Monday.

The spill happened Thursday at the Fladeland SWD 1 saltwater disposal well, operated by Fladeland 1 SWD LLC, about 8 miles (13 kilometers) northeast of New Town. Goodnight Midstream reported Friday that 34,860 gallons of brine and 2,520 gallons of oil were released.

The product was contained on site and cleanup is underway. At the time of reporting most of the brine and oil had been recovered.

A state inspector has been to the location and will monitor additional cleanup. Brine is a byproduct of oil production.