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ND pipeline leaks about 1M gallons of saltwater

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By JOSH WOOD and JAMES MacPHERSON
Associated Press

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) - Tribal and company officials say around 1 million gallons of saltwater has leaked from a pipeline on an American Indian reservation in western North Dakota.

An unknown amount has entered a bay leading to Lake Sakakawea, which provides water to communities on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Tribal and company officials say the leak near Mandaree has been isolated and drinking water is unaffected.

Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Tex Hall tells The Associated Press that the underground pipeline owned by Aero Pipeline LCC leaked about 24,000 barrels, about 1 million gallons. The company says the leak likely started over the weekend and was discovered Tuesday.

Aero Pipeline is a subsidiary of Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners.

Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production that's 10 to 30 times saltier than seawater.

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