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UPDATE: Lightning destroys ND saltwater disposal facility

ALEXANDER, N.D. (AP) - For the third time in recent weeks a lightning strike has destroyed a saltwater disposal facility in North Dakota. No one was hurt.

The latest strike occurred Monday at a site south of Alexander owned by Dallas-based 1804 Operating. McKenzie County Emergency Manager Karolin Rockvoy said the fire was still burning Tuesday morning.

The state Health Department says 2,813 barrels of saltwater and 649 barrels of oil were released. A barrel is 42 gallons. Officials say some of the fluids went off site but were contained before reaching a tributary of Lonesome Creek.

Saltwater is a byproduct of oil production. It's an environmental hazard and must be taken to special facilities.

Two of the more than 440 saltwater disposal facilities in North Dakota were destroyed by lightning in June.

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