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2 produced water spills reported in North Dakota

BISMARCK — A produced water spill, resulting from a pipeline leak about 2 miles northwest of Dickinson in Stark County, occurred on Friday, Aug. 3, and reported on Saturday, according to a statement released by the North Dakota Department of Health.

The pipeline, owned by Scout Energy Management LLC, is part of an enhanced oil recovery system which pumps produced water into the oil-bearing formation to increase oil flow. Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development.

Initial estimates indicate about 500 barrels of produced water were released and impacted agricultural land. Personnel from the Department of Health have inspected the site and will continue to monitor the investigation and remediation.

Another produced water spill occurred on Thursday, when a pipeline was struck during installation of another pipeline about 13 miles west of Kenmare in Burke County and was reported the next day, according to the Department of Health. The pipeline is part of a gathering system leading to a salt water disposal facility owned by Lime Rock Resources III-A L.P.

Initial estimates indicate a release of about 380 barrels of produced water, of which 360 barrels were recovered. The release impacted agricultural land but was confined to the pipeline trench. Personnel from the Department of Health have inspected the site and will continue to monitor the investigation and remediation.

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