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Produced water spill at UND research center leaks 6,300 gallons in western ND

BISMARCK, N.D. – About 6,300 gallons or 150 barrels of produced water has spilled in western North Dakota after a valve failed on a tank used in a carbon storage study by the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Center.

Produced water is water trapped in underground formations that is brought to the surface during oil and gas exploration and production

The North Dakota Department of Health was notified of the spill on Sunday, Jan. 14, after it was discovered the day before about 2.5 miles north of Golden Valley in Mercer County. Golden Valley is about 70 miles northeast of Dickinson near the Missouri River.

NDDoH said only about five barrels or 210 gallons left the pad in the spill.