ND Pipeline Spills Oil, Brine

Friday, February 26, 2016 @ 05:02 PM gHale

A pipeline leak in Dunn County, ND, spilled more than 6,250 gallons of oil and saltwater, state health officials said.

Marathon Oil reported the 149-barrel spill Tuesday at a well it owns about 6 miles north of Killdeer, said state environmental scientist Bill Suess.

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The Houston-based company said the spill occurred Monday and it is investigating the cause.

The briny water leaked into a dry channel and migrated about 1,500 feet from the well site, Suess said. There is no evidence the spill threatened water or wetlands in the area, he added.

Now workers will have to dig up the area reseed it with grass, Suess said.

Marathon spokeswoman Lee Warren said they do not know how long the cleanup will take.