BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality reported Tuesday, June 22, that an estimated 23,100 gallons of produced water spilled from a pipeline in Bowman County, which lies in the southwestern corner of North Dakota.

Produced water, or brine, is a mixture of saltwater, oil and sometimes, drilling fluids, that is created during oil and gas production.

Texas-based Denbury Onshore reported the spill Monday, June 21, occurred because of an equipment failure. An undetermined amount of brine entered Skull Creek, parts of which have run dry due to drought conditions, according to a news release.

Department officials will continue inspecting the site and monitoring remediation efforts, according to the release.

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