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Produced Water Spills in Stark, Burke Counties
North Dakota Ag Connection - 08/07/2018

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of produced water spill resulting from pipeline leaks in Stark County and also in Burke County.

The Stark County spill occured about 2 miles northwest of Dickinson. 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.

The Burke Countil spill occured about 13 miles west of Kenmarey. Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development.

The Stark County spill occurred on Aug. 3 and was reported the next day. The Burke County spill occured Aug. 2 when the pipeline was struck during installation of another pipeline and was reported the next day. The pipeline is part of a gathering system leading to a salt water disposal facility owned by Lime Rock Resources III-A, L.P.

The NDDoH reported both spills publicly Monday.

Initial estimates indicate approximately 500 barrels of produced water were released and impacted agricultural land in Stark County. Aapproximately 380 barrels of produced water, of which 360 barrels were recovered, were reported in Burke County. The release impacted agricultural land but was confined to the pipeline trench.

Personnel from the NDDoH have inspected the sites and will continue to monitor the investigation and remediation.

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