Pipeline spill releases produced water into ND creek

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A pipeline spill has released produced water into a small creek and a stock pond in western North Dakota.

The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality was notified of the spill, which happened Tuesday in Dunn County. The pipeline is part of a gathering system operated by Marathon Oil.

The spill happened about 1.5 miles northeast of Manning. Authorities don’t know what caused the leak.

An estimated 21,000 gallons of produced water were released, impacting the creek and stock pond within pastureland. The creek discharges into the Knife River, but no impacts have been detected in the river.

Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development. State inspectors are checking the site and will continue to monitor the investigation and remediation.

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