Saturday, July 12, 2014

New problems for Zenergy in ND saltwater spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An Oklahoma oil company that spilled more than 1 million gallons of saltwater into a northwestern North Dakota creek more than four years ago has paid fines and settled lawsuits but continues to fight growing problems at the site.

For the past month, Zenergy Inc., based in Tulsa, Okla., has been hauling about 21,000 gallons of briny water a day from a beaver dam near Alexander, said Lynn Helms, director of the state Department of Mineral Resources.

Heavy spring rains and melted snow washed previously spilled saline water from an underground coal seam into the dam that drains into nearby Charbonneau Creek, a tributary of the Yellowstone River.  MORE

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