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US senate committee probes pipeline safety after oil spills

BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. Senate committee is holding a field hearing on pipeline safety following spills that fouled a Montana river and the coast of Southern California. Senators are examining whether the government has enough safety inspectors to manage a boom in U.S. energy production that’s led to a rise in oil pipeline accidents after years of declines. More ...

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Broken pipeline that spilled into Yellowstone to be removed

BILLINGS, Mont. — The company responsible for a 30,000-gallon oil spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River will try to remove its breached pipeline Wednesday as regulators investigate the cause of the accident that contaminated downstream water supplies. The broken section of pipeline will be sent to a laboratory for a metallurgical analysis as required under a federal order, Bridger Pipeline spokesman ...

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Petroleum found in some fish near oil spill into Yellowstone

BILLINGS, Mont. — Lab tests have detected petroleum in of some of the fish taken from the Yellowstone River downstream from where a ruptured oil pipeline spilled an estimated 30,000 gallons near Glendive in January. As a result, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has continued its fish consumption advisory for the stretch of river. “We weren’t expecting to ...

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Oil cleanup on Yellowstone River on hold until ice melts

BILLINGS, Mont. — Cleanup work on a 30,000-gallon oil pipeline spill into the Yellowstone River near Glendive is effectively on hold for a month or more until ice on the river melts, state and pipeline company officials said Tuesday. About 25 people remain at the site to watch for oil-damaged wildlife and respond to any crude oil seen on the ...

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Labs testing Yellowstone River fish after oil spill

BILLINGS, Mont. — In two laboratories on Billings’ South Side, tissue samples taken from fish netted in the area of the Yellowstone River oil spill near Glendive are being analyzed to determine their exposure to the toxic hydrocarbons. An estimated 30,000 gallons of unprocessed crude oil seeped into the river from a broken pipeline under the riverbed on Jan. 17. ...

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Yellowstone oil spills fuel arguments over Keystone line

BILLINGS, Mont. — Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress pushes for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline — a project that would pass near the spot where 30,000 gallons of crude spilled into Montana’s Yellowstone River earlier this month. The recent spill temporarily fouled a city’s water supply and became the latest in a ...

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Montana oil spill cleanup to slow as river gets dangerous

BILLINGS, Mont. — The struggle to recover 30,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River is expected to grind to a near-halt in coming days as warmer weather makes ice on the river increasingly dangerous, state regulators and a company spokesman said Wednesday. Because of brittle ice, crews trying to recover oil trapped beneath the Yellowstone ...

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Montana oil spill estimate lowered to 30,000 gallons

BILLINGS, Mont. — Authorities have lowered their estimate of how much oil spilled from a broken pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, briefly contaminating the water supply of a city downstream. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Wendy Thomi said Monday that Bridger Pipeline Co. recovered about 20,000 gallons of crude from its pipeline. That’s 10,000 gallons more than ...

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Breached pipeline that spilled oil lies exposed on riverbed

GLENDIVE, Mont. — Sonar indicates part of an underground pipeline that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply is exposed on the riverbed. The pipeline is exposed for about 50 feet near where the breach occurred Jan. 17, according to a news release from public agencies involved with the response. The ...

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Williston water is supposedly safe to drink

Despite finding trace amounts of hydrocarbons in Williston’s drinking water, officials are reporting that it is still safe to drink. According to a report from The Williston Herald, Public Works Director David Tuan said, “During this period there are trace amounts of hydrocarbons in the water that are producing an odor. It is still small enough that it is safe ...

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