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FROM THE OIL FIELDS: Source water leaks from pipeline south of Marmarth

A source water spill occurred Sept. 1 in Bowman County, six miles south of Marmarth, according to the North Dakota Department of Health.

By BRYCE MARTIN | Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.netnews

A source water spill occurred Sept. 1 in Bowman County, six miles south of Marmarth, according to the North Dakota Department of Health.

A spill of 2,000 barrels of water, used for enhanced oil recovery, spilled from the Paynter Source Well owned by Denbury Onshore LLC as a result of a leak in the pipeline.

The source water is higher in dissolved solids and minerals than fresh water, but possesses fewer minerals than the produced water used in drilling.

Karl Rockeman of the North Dakota Department of Health said at the time the department’s inspector was present at the site, the water had flowed into a nearby creek and no water could be recovered.

“By the time it mixes with the water from the creek and from the precipitation, the impacts are not likely to be very severe,” Rockeman said.

The department will continue to monitor the creek to see if there are any future observed impacts, Rockeman added.

The incident marks the first source water leak this month in Bowman County.