ND Oil Spills Continue

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 02:05 PM gHale


An oil spill that occurred Friday at an Enerplus-operated wellsite in North Dakota has been contained and recovered.

The 250-barrel release happened at the Bait wellsite about seven miles southwest of Mandaree, which lies within the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

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The spill occurred when a valve failed and a caused a tank to overflow, said officials at Enerplus.

A state inspector has been to the site, said officials at the state’s Oil and Gas Conservation Division.

While North Dakota is a leader in terms of fracking and producing oil and gas, in the year ending on May 1, the state’s oil and gas industry reported 745 involved oil spills — on average, a spill every 11 hours and 45 minutes, according to the state’s Department of Health.



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