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State says brine spill is contained

BISMARCK — Brine released from a McKenzie County oilfield site reached a tributary of Lonesome Creek, but the spill was contained, the North Dakota Department of Health reported.

RIM Operating Inc. reported that 250 barrels — 10,500 gallons — of produced saltwater, a byproduct of oil production, was released at the site about three miles west of Alexander.

Some of the saltwater escaped and ran into an iced-over drainage that flows into Lonesome Creek, the Health Department said in a news release Monday.

However, there was no water flowing in the drainage at the time, and the spill was contained and no public water supplies were threatened, the department said.

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