FORTUNA, N.D. -- A tank leak caused a brine and oil spill at a well in Divide County earlier this month, but it wasn’t reported until several days later, according to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division.
Future Acquisition Co. reported that 300 barrels, or 12,600 gallons, of brine and 10 barrels, or 420 gallons, of oil spilled on March 6 at a well about 4 miles southwest of Fortuna. The spill was verbally reported to a state inspector on March 11, and a spill report was filed on Monday, said Katie Haarsager, spokeswoman for the Oil and Gas Division.
North Dakota regulations require spills to be reported within 24 hours.
The brine and oil have been recovered and were contained within the diking on the well site, according to the Oil and Gas Division.