North Dakota saltwater spill cleanup could take years

|By:, SA News Editor

The site where an underground pipeline owned by Crestwood Midstream Partners (CMLP +0.3%) leaked 1M gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this month could take at least three years to clean up, according to an official involved in the cleanup.

CMLP says there is no evidence the spill reached Lake Sakakawea, a source of drinking water for the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation; beaver dams are credited with helping contain the leak.

Saltwater (brine) is a byproduct of oil production that can be 30x saltier than seawater, and is considered an environmental hazard.