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Brine, oil spill occurs in Watford City area

WATFORD CITY A brine and oil spill has occurred as a result of a blowout at a well site owned by XTO Energy, Inc., in Dunn County, about 18 miles southeast of Watford City.

North Dakota Department of Health officials said the well site is owned by XTO Energy, Inc.

Initial estimates indicate approximately 4,620 gallons of brine and 23,100 gallons of oil were released. An estimated 3,780 gallons of brine and 18,900 gallons of oil have been recovered. The spill escaped the site, but it appears that no waterways have been affected.

Personnel from the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division and North Dakota Health Department were at the site Monday. Health department personnel will work with the company on a remediation plan.