ND Saltwater, Oil Spill

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 @ 12:02 PM gHale

Because of a valve failure, there was a saltwater and oil spill totaling 580 barrels about 25 miles north of Killdeer, ND, Jan. 30, said state Oil and Gas Division.

Deep Creek Adventures reported the incident at a saltwater disposal well, saying about 570 barrels, or 23,940 gallons, of saltwater spilled, along with 10 barrels, or 420 gallons, of oil.

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An inspector visited the site the same day and confirmed the spill remained on the disposal well location, with most of it contained within the diking around the tanks, said Alison Ritter, spokeswoman for the Oil and Gas Division.

The spill occurred when automatic shutoff devices failed and caused tanks to overflow, regulators said.

Companies are required to file an initial spill report in writing within 24 hours, but Deep Creek Adventures did not file one until Feb. 5, Ritter said. State regulators are investigating the delay in filing the report.

A state inspector will monitor any additional cleanup.

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