Brine release in Burke County contained

LIGNITE North Dakota Department of Health officials said Wednesday that an oil field-produced water (brine) release into a slough near Lignite in Burke County has been contained. The site is about three miles northwest of Lignite.

Initial data from the reporting company, Taqa North USA, Inc., said 4,200 gallons of brine, as well as a yet undetermined volume of oil, was released from a main injection line feeding three injection wells.

Taqa, based in Centennial, Colo., has an environmental consultant on site evaluating and planning a coordinated response, which includes removing impacted water and oil from the slough. Health Department inspectors are monitoring cleanup and response by the environmental consultant.