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July 11, 2014

Cleanup area extends nearly two miles from N.D. spill site

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to about 200 yards from the source of the spill, a company official said Thursday.

Miranda Jones, vice president of Crestwood Midstream Partners Inc., said the cause of the spill appears to involve a separation of the pipe that carries saltwater, a byproduct of the oil drilling process. Crestwood subsidiary Arrow Pipeline LLC owns the pipeline.

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