A major leak from a saltwater pipeline forced officials to scramble to contain it, clean it up, and deal with the damage it caused.
The leak happened near Mandaree, and tribal officials decided to take Mandaree's water supply off its normal source, until questions about the million-gallon leak are answered.
The leak was discovered Tuesday and Tribal Chairman Tex Hall estimates 24-thousand barrels of brine have spilled.
Melinda Bolton reports...
(Melinda Bolton) "At 10:15 Tuesday morning, Crestwood Midstream was notified that a newly acquired salt water pipeline had leaked. Miranda Jones says their first measure was to minimize the spread."
(Miranda Jones, Crestwood VP of Environmental Safety and Regulatory) "The first twenty four house we spent assessing and joining a unified command with the Tribe and we began making sure that the spill - that the release was contained."
(Melinda Bolton) "Luckily Mother Nature Helped provide some natural barriers to the massive release."
(Miranda Jones, Crestwood VP of Environmental Safety and Regulatory) "There were beaver dams in the tributary... where the release settled and they acted really as a great natural containment. In addition crestwood partnered with the Tribe to make sure that we had man made containments but in not one, but in two additional places in the tributary."
(Melinda Bolton) "Those in addition to man made dams at the end of the tributary that feeds lake Sakakawea, which in turn provides usable water for nearby municipalities. As a precaution, that water was temporarily diverted."
(Tex Hall, MHA Tribal Chairman) "Brine was contained. It was about a mile further to the intake for the Mandaree Rural Water System... and so anyway water samples were normal and so we hooked that right back on. So it's been probably right around twenty four hours we went into an alternate."
(Melinda Bolton) "Chairman Hall says that with Fort Berthold producing 30% of the states daily output of oil, events like these are inevitable."
(Tex Hall, MHA Tribal Chairman) "We're all trying to minimize the footprint... but it's a huge initiative, it's a huge endeavor... and we're continuing to grow with that... and every time you have to learn from these situations like this."
(Melinda Bolton) "Hall went on to say later that this is exactly the scenario that they've been practicing for and he is very happy with the response that they have gotten from all the crews. Near Mandaree, Melinda Bolton, KX News. "