Leaking North Dakota oil well contained

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota oil regulators say a well that leaked oil, gas and brine for more than two days has been brought under control.

Oil and Gas Division spokeswoman Alison Ritter says the XTO Energy Inc. well in McKenzie County was under control by 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The well had been leaking since at least Thursday afternoon.

The North Dakota Department of Health says the incident resulted in the release of 650 barrels of oil and 520 barrels of brine. Brine is an unwanted byproduct of oil production that is many times saltier than sea water.

Ritter says inspectors are on site trying to figure out the extent and impact of an unknown amount of mist that moved off of the well location.