Another Pipeline Spill in ND

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 @ 03:05 PM gHale

There was another water leak in North Dakota as a pipeline spill has caused about 220,000 gallons of produced water to leak in a field near Mandaree on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, tribal authorities said Friday.

Environmental and natural resource agencies from the Three Affiliated Tribes learned of the pipeline spill Thursday morning.

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The spilled brine has not had any direct impacts on major water sources, and the closest water source is an intermittent stream more than 400 yards away.

Tribal agencies are coordinating with state and federal officials to respond to the spill as well as representatives from Crestwood, the company responsible for the spill.

Just last week, there was a 63,000-gallon saltwater spill leaked from an underground pipeline that entered a lake via a tributary in northwest North Dakota, state officials said.

While state officials said spill will not affect any drinking water in the area, it remains unclear how much of the saltwater entered Smishek Lake near the town of Powers Lake, which is about 75 miles northeast of the oil boomtown Williston, said Water Quality Director Karl Rockeman. Saltwater, or brine, is an unwanted byproduct of oil production and the state considers it an environmental hazard. It is many times saltier than sea water and can easily kill vegetation.

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