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Spill, fire reported at well sites

Spill, fire reported at well sites


BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Health said Monday that it is monitoring a spill of saltwater and oil in Billings County, of which some reached a small tributary of the Little Missouri River.

According to a Health Department statement, the amount of material spilled is estimated at 650 barrels of saltwater and 20 barrels of crude oil.

The well site is owned by Midland, Texas-based BTA Oil Producers LLC. The spill was reported to the Health Department on Sunday afternoon.

Dennis Fewless, water quality director for the Health Department, said the spill is located about 4½ miles west of the Little Missouri River and about 15 miles northwest of Medora.

Fewless said the materials seeped from the well site "about a half-mile down the drainage" where the company has set up temporary dams in order to collect the material.

The well site also borders U.S. Forest Service land, which is where the spill leaked. Fewless said the Health Department is monitoring the spill and cleanup.

The spill was one of two reports involving well sites over the weekend. State agencies also received a report of a fire at a saltwater disposal well site.

The Department of Mineral Resources Oil and Gas Division was alerted to a saltwater disposal well fire on Sunday in McKenzie County.

According to a Department of Mineral Resources statement, the fire was at a site about 14 miles east of Watford City.

The fire was reported by Landtech Enterprises, LLC, of Sidney, Mont. The company reported an unspecified amount of equipment damage due to fire and smoke. No fluids were released.

The Oil and Gas Division has dispatched an inspector to the site.

Reach Nick Smith at 250-8255 or 223-8482 or at


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