Valve leak found northwest of Maxbass

BISMARCK The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas Division was notified Monday of a valve leak occurring Friday at a water injection well in Bottineau County, four miles northwest of Maxbass.

Initial data from the reporting company, Denbury Onshore, LLC., indicated about 50 barrels of oil and 300 barrels of brine (saltwater) were released and recovered on the Fossum B3 water injection well. All fluids were contained to the well site.

A water injection well is used for enhanced oil recovery, and is not the same as a saltwater disposal well.

The Oil and Gas Division, a division of the Mineral Resources Department, had a state inspector traveling to the site, officials said Monday.