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Millions of gallons of saltwater leak into North Dakota creek

Millions of gallons of saltwater leak into North Dakota creek

(Reuters) – Almost 3 million gallons of potentially toxic saltwater leaked from a western North Dakota pipeline into a creek that feeds the Missouri River, the largest spill of its kind in the state’s history.

The leak, from a four-inch saltwater pipeline operated by Summit Midstream Partners LP approximately 15 miles north of Williston, occurred earlier this month and was reported to state officials on Jan. 7. It’s not clear what caused the leak and an investigation is underway, a Summit spokesman said.

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