A lightning strike at a saltwater disposal well in McKenzie County destroyed several tanks containing brine, but the contamination was contained to the oilfield site, officials said Wednesday.
A fire occurred Monday night at a disposal site owned by Missouri Basin Well Service about 16 miles north of Alexander, according to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division.
The fire was caused by a lightning strike, said McKenzie County Emergency Manager Karolin Jappe. Several tanks exploded, but no injuries were reported.
The Oil and Gas Division estimates that 3,407 barrels, or 143,094 gallons, of brine were released. Jappe said the brine, a waste byproduct of oil production, was contained to the site.
A road that was closed to the site reopened Wednesday. Cleanup will begin after hot spots are eliminated.