ND Oil Spill Contained

Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 12:11 PM gHale

A valve failure at an oil well in Killdeer, ND, caused 400 barrels, or 16,800 gallons, of oil to spill Nov. 19, but the spill ended up contained and recovered, state officials said.

An inspector from the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division has been to the site, which is on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

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The inspector will coordinate with Three Affiliated Tribes to determine if any additional remediation is necessary.

Oil and brine spills continue to be an issue throughout North Dakota.

In October, a treater leaked 3,000 gallons of oil and saltwater at a fracking site in Stanley, Mountrail County, North Dakota.

About 40 barrels of oil and 30 barrels of brine released at the site operated by Arsenal Energy USA Inc. near Stanley, said state Health Department officials. A barrel holds 42 gallons.

In another case, after workers lost control of a well in northwestern North Dakota, oil and saltwater continued to spill across the area until workers were able to shut it down four days later, officials said.

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