North Dakota pipeline spills thousands of barrels of produced water, cause under investigation

"We want to get it taken care of as quickly as possible."

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A pipeline leak in Dunn County, North Dakota spilled 1,520 barrels of produced water, officials from the North Dakota Department of Health confirmed. While the cause is currently under investigation, Bill Suess from the Department of Health said the produced water was stopped before it reach a nearby creek bed.

Owned by Dallas-based oil and gas production company, Petro-Hunt LLC., produced water, which is a “byproduct of oil and gas extraction, and can contain drilling chemicals if fracking was used,” EcoWatch reported, contaminated rangeland in Dunn County located in the western part of the state also “known for its oil activity.”

Petro-Hunt LLC. applauded its workers for the quick response to the spill and their commitment to cleaning it up, Walter Roach, vice president of the company, said.

“We want to get it taken care of as quickly as possible,” Roach said.

The pipeline was part of a gathering system in the “prolific Bakken Shale oilfield,” EcoWatch reported. The cause of the leak is currently under investigation and the North Dakota Department of Health will continue monitoring the remediation.

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