By Associated Press - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - State Health Department officials say a pipeline leak in Dunn County spilled more than 6,250 gallons of oil and saltwater, a byproduct of oil production.

State environmental scientist Bill Suess (sees) says Marathon Oil reported the 149-barrel spill Tuesday at a well it owns about 6 miles north of Killdeer. The Houston-based company says in a statement the spill occurred on Monday and it is investigating the cause.

Suess says the briny water leaked into a dry channel and migrated about 1,500 feet from the well site. He says there is no evidence the spill threatened water or wetlands in the area.

Suess says the area will have to be dug up and reseeded with grass.

Marathon spokeswoman Lee Warren says it’s not known how long the cleanup will take.

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