Produced Water Spills Across ND

Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 02:05 PM gHale

There was a series of brine spills in and around North Dakota earlier this month.

In one there was a leak in McKenzie County May 10 on a pipeline owned and operated by Caliber Midstream North Dakota LLC. The incident occurred about 8 miles north of Alexander on May 10, according to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ).

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Brine, or produced water, is a by-product of oil and gas development.

Initial estimates indicate 3,500 barrels of produced water released and impacted pastureland. NDDEQ inspectors are investigating the site and will continue to monitor the investigation and remediation.

In Renville County, there was a pipeline leak May 8 that caused about 360 barrels, or 15,120 gallons, of brine to spill at an oil site, NDDEQ officials said.

Cobra Oil and Gas Corp. reported the leak at a central tank battery about 2 miles north of Sherwood. The brine was contained on the oil site and has been recovered.

A state inspector will monitor any additional cleanup.

Also, there was a pipeline spill May 7 in Dunn County that released nearly 80,000 gallons of produced water that had an impact on pasture land.

The spill is believed to have been caused by workers installing an electrical line, NDDEQ officials said.

Pipeline operator XTO Energy reported the spill 27 miles southwest of Mandaree in late April and updated the spilled volume to 1,900 barrels. A barrel holds 42 gallons.

State officials have inspected the site and are monitoring remediation.

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