Tuesday, August 26, 2014

North Dakota Briny Wastewater Spill Questions Still Unanswered a Month Later

More than a month after a million gallons of briny wastewater leaked from an underground pipeline on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, a tribal environmental official said he’s still seeking confirmation that the spill did not enter the reservation’s water supply.

It was one of the largest spills in an oil field in the state’s history, according to the Associated Press, and the two-mile-long flow of saltwater left a swath of dead grass, bushes and trees. Discovered on July 8, it had probably been under way since the Fourth of July weekend, authorities estimated.

RELATED: A Million Gallons of Salty Wastewater Leaks Near Fort Berthold Water Supply

The size of the July spill rivaled that of a 2006 pipeline rupture that “belched more than a million gallons of saltwater into a northwestern North Dakota creek, aquifer and pond,” the Associated Press reported. “The cleanup efforts are ongoing at that site, which has been called the worst environmental disaster in state history.”

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/08/25/north-dakota-briny-wastewater-spill-questions-still-unanswered-month-later-156579


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