MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is assessing a spill of oil-drilling saltwater from a North Dakota pipeline to ensure none of the brine reached a nearby bay.
In its first statement in the two days since the spill was detected, the agency said Thursday it had no confirmed reports that the saltwater had reached the water body that feeds Lake Sakakawea. The lake provides drinking water for an American Indian reservation.
EPA says most of the spill was pooled on the ground, soaked into the soil and held behind beaver dams.
The agency said the leak involved an estimated 24,000 barrels, or 1 million gallons, of saltwater and condensate, which are byproducts of oil and gas production.