More than 40,000 gallons of brine spill in McKenzie County

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BISMARCK — An estimated 42,000 gallons of produced water leaked from a pipeline near Mandaree in McKenzie County, N.D., on Tuesday, Sept. 29, according to a news release from the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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

Oklahoma-based Enable Midstream Partners reported the leak, which is not believed to have impacted nearby water sources.

Department officials say they will continue inspecting the site and monitoring cleanup efforts.

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