Tanker overturns on side, spill of 105 barrels of produced water reported

A truck carrying produced water was involved in an accident in the early morning hours on Dec. 3 that resulted in a produced-water spill that impacted a creek bed about six miles north of Killdeer.


The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) was notified of the spill on Dec. 3 and is investigating the incident.

Produced water is a by-product of oil and gas development. According to a NDDoH news release, initial estimates indicate about 105 barrels of produced water spilled into a creek bed. Although there was water in the creek, it was not flowing. The impacted water was pumped out of the creek by Monday, the release said.

According to the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, a driver from Creek Energy lost control of his vehicle when he hit some ice. The vehicle overturned on its right side. The driver, who was not identified, declined medical attention at the scene, the sheriff’s department said.

Speed was not an issue and there were no citations, the sheriff’s department said.

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