Two More ND Spills

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 @ 03:09 PM gHale

In the oil and gas drilling environment, there will be spills and accidents and some are far worse than others. When it comes to fracking in North Dakota, the same holds true as water used for hydraulic fracturing and oil overflowed a tank in northwest North Dakota.

Oasis Petroleum reported to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division that three barrels of oil and 500 barrels of frac water released and ended up contained at a well site 11 miles northeast of White Earth in Mountrail County, ND.

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Officials still have to recover one barrel of oil and 20 barrels of water at the Manhattan Federal 5792 11-2H oil well.

A state inspector is traveling to the site and will monitor the continued clean-up.

Spills continue to plague North Dakota as in late August a pipeline near the town of Mandaree, ND, on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation leaked 3,000 barrels of brine, state agencies said in the second incident at the reservation by the same company in as many months.

The North Dakota Industrial Commission and the state Department of Health said Arrow Water LLC, a subsidiary of Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners LP, operates the pipeline. Brine is an unwanted byproduct of oil production and is many times saltier than sea water. The state considers it an environmental hazard by the state.

In early July, a pipeline operated by another Crestwood subsidiary leaked 1 million gallons, or 24,000 barrels, into the badlands near Mandaree. That incident was one of the largest oil field spills in state history. A barrel equals 42 gallons.

The brine from the July spill traveled nearly 2 miles down into a ravine, killing vegetation along its path. Oddly enough, through a series of beaver dams, it helped stem the flow of the fluid, the company and Three Affiliated Tribe officials said the brine did not reach a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, a source of drinking water for the reservation.

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