Oil, Brine Spill in ND

Monday, January 19, 2015 @ 02:01 PM gHale

An estimated 25 barrels of oil and 820 barrels of brine spilled Wednesday at an oil well site in Tolley, ND, located in Renville County.

An estimated 70 barrels of the spilled brine flowed off of the well pad 5 miles east of Tolley, said officials at the North Dakota Department of Health. Saltwater or brine often contains heavy concentrations of salts, heavy metals and radioactive material.

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Enduro Operating reported the spill, and cleanup at the site has already begun, the state officials said.

North Dakota Department of Health staff went to the site to investigate.

North Dakota fracking issues continue to mount. Just last week, a frozen pipe caused a saltwater spill of more than 10,000 gallons about five miles north of Fortuna, ND, state officials said.

The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said American Eagle Energy Corp. reported the 250-barrel release.

In a separate incident, an oil well blowout released over 25,000 gallons of crude oil at a site in McKenzie County and state health officials said they were still evaluating whether any of it reached a tributary of the Missouri River.

Petro-Hunt LLC reported 600 barrels of crude released from the well and wasn’t contained on the site roughly one mile northwest of Keene, Department of Health officials said.

Also, over 1,600 barrels of crude caught fire just south of Williston in late December after 8 of 12 storage tanks ignited while trucks were delivering oil, officials said.

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