Fire at ND salt water disposal facility releases brine, oil

July 10, 2019 GMT

STANLEY, N.D. (AP) — Fire at a salt water disposal facility has caused a brine and oil spill in northwestern North Dakota.

The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division says the fire happened Monday at the Stanley SWD No. 3 salt water disposal facility about 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Stanley.

Basic Energy Services reported Tuesday that 147,000 gallons of brine and 8,400 gallons of oil were released. The fire was caused by welding sparks at the location.

Cleanup is underway. An inspector has been to the site and will monitor cleanup.

Brine is a byproduct of oil production.