- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources says a saltwater disposal well has released 300 barrels of saltwater in McKenzie County.

The Department of Mineral Resources announced the spill in a statement Monday. They say the release was likely caused by a pipe failure and occurred 20 miles northeast of Watford City. The statement adds that the spilled liquid was contained and recovered.

Belfield, North Dakota-based Missouri Basin Well Service, Inc. reported the spill to the state on Sunday.

Saltwater is also called brine. It is a naturally occurring byproduct of oil production and is between 10 and 30 times saltier than sea water. It is considered an environmental hazard by the state and is disposed of in specially designated wells.

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