North Dakota regulators say 21,000-gallon saltwater spill contained at Divide County oil well

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota regulators say a spill involving 21,000 gallons of saltwater was contained on-site at an oil well in Divide County.

The state Oil and Gas Division says the spill at a well site about 5 miles south of Fortuna was reported Sunday. Murex Petroleum Corp. reported that 500 barrels of saltwater were contained and recovered on site. One barrel holds 42 gallons.

Saltwater, or brine, is a byproduct of oil production.

A pump leak was listed as the cause of the spill. A state inspector visited the site.

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