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Saltwater Spills in Region

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Two spills have dumped thousands of gallons of brine and oil on land in Mountrail and Bottineau Counties in the past day.

A spill of 427 barrels of oil and 142 barrels of saltwater was contained and recovered at a well site in Mountrail County.

A state inspector visited the Statoil Oil & Gas site about 7 miles south of Ross.

A valve failure was determined to have caused the spill that was reported Tuesday.

Meanwhile west of Antler in Bottineau County, the structural failure of a saltwater holding tank caused a large spill of brine and oil yesterday.

This is what the site looked like this morning - and you can see how the tank cracked and toppled over, causing the spill.

Farmers who work the land in the area say crews at the site last night figured the spill was at least 400 barrels and the saltwater covered a large area around the tank site.

Robert Artz farms the land where the spill happened - although the land is idle this year due to the extreme wet conditions this spring.

He's concerned that the oil company had not followed the rules for having adequate containment at the tank site to keep the material from spreading out over the farm land.

(Robert Artz, Bottineau County Farmer) "The law says you have to dike...there's three tanks there, there has to be a dike big enough to contain what's in those three tanks. I blame the state for this. Why aren't they holding these people accountable? I don't want to chase the oil companies, that isn't our plight at all. Let's do this right. I want to give this to my kids and hopefully they give it to their grandkids but there's going to be nothing left if this keeps up. This has to stop."

This is just the latest saltwater spill in the Antler area where farmers have been dealing with the problems for years.

They say saltwater kills soil for decades - compared to oil spills that can be cleaned up and allow land to be put back into production.

 

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