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posted Apr 25, 2015, 8:30 AM by Tyler Ryan   [ updated Apr 25, 2015, 8:30 AM by Rachael Huff ]
On January 8th 2015, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) was alerted of a fracking wastewater leak in Williams County approximately 15 miles north of Williston. The pipeline was operated Summit Midstream Partners LP, a large natural gas company headquartered out of Woodlands, TX. Summit Midstream has reported that the leak included approximately 70,000 barrels of produced water and an unknown amount of oil from a salt water collection line. According to this equated to three million gallons of brine, the largest fracking wastewater spill since the fracking boom began.

The spill impacted the nearby waters in Blacktail Creek downstream of Blacktail Lake and also the Little Muddy Creek, but according to the NDDoH the spill does not present a threat to public drinking water or human health at this time. reported that geochemist, Avner Vengosh, sampled the wastewater and found it to be ten times saltier than seawater.

The NDDoH released another statement on January 21 reporting that Summit Midstream hired an environmental contractor to assist with clean up and long-term remediation. Approximately 64,000 barrels of water have been removed from Blactail Creek since the remediation efforts began.

The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division and the Department of Health continue to monitor the impacted area and remediation efforts.