A lightning strike late Monday led to a fire and spill at a saltwater disposal site in McKenzie County.
The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division reported that 4,424 barrels of brine and 138 barrels of oil spilled. That’s equal to 186,000 gallons of brine and 6,000 gallons of oil.
The spill was contained to the Carl Spackler SWD 1 site 10 miles south of Alexander, according to a spill report filed with the division. It did not pose an immediate risk to the surrounding environment, division spokeswoman Katie Haarsager said.
Dakota Fluid Solutions operates the facility. A spokesperson was not immediately available to comment.
This is at least the third spill caused by lightning in the past month at saltwater disposal sites in western North Dakota. Two others occurred in mid-June near New Town and Keene.