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BISMARCK, N.D. — A pipeline spill of oilfield wastewater has affected cropland in northwestern North Dakota.

State environmental scientist Bill Suess said regulators were notified Monday of the 8,400 gallon pipeline leak in Renville County. The pipeline is operated by Wichita Falls, Texas-based Cobra Oil and Gas.

Suess said the spill of produced water happened 2 miles north of Sherwood, and within a 1 mile of the U.S.-Canada border. The cause of the pipeline leak is unknown.

Produced water is a mixture of saltwater and oil that can contain drilling chemicals. It's a byproduct of oil and gas development.

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Suess said about 1,000 square feet of cropland was affected. He said no water sources were harmed.

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