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What oil spill? Company responsible for Yellowstone River spill gets Bakken pipeline approval

The pipeline company responsible for the oil spills in the Yellowstone River and California Coast earlier this year has been granted permission from North Dakota state regulators to build a new crude oil pipeline in the southwest region of the state, reports the Forum News Service (FNS). An in-depth discussion was held with Bridger Pipeline LLC and the Public Service ...

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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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Senate hearing on oil pipeline regulator scheduled for Billings

Before the U.S. Senate decides the future of the nation’s oil pipeline police — the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration — the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee will hold a public hearing in Billings. The committee will be in Billings on Sept. 18 to take comment on extending the life of the agency known as PHMSA. There have been two ...

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Senators’ measure calls for pipeline river crossings study

BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. Senate committee has approved a measure that requires federal transportation officials to report on the safety of pipelines that cross beneath rivers following two major oil spills into the Yellowstone River. Montana U.S. Senators Jon Tester, a Democrat, and Steve Daines, a Republican, co-sponsored the amendment included Thursday in a Transportation Department funding bill. It ...

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Paddlefish snagged on Yellowstone test negative for oil

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says a January oil pipeline spill on the Yellowstone River did not affect paddlefish. The agency says muscle tissue and eggs from 30 paddlefish snagged this spring “have come back clear of any lingering effects” of oil exposure. State fisheries chief Greg Power says a nonprofit group that processes paddlefish ...

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Amidst an oil boom, North Dakota produces premium caviar

North Dakota is known globally not just for prolific oil production, but also, it turns out, for caviar. A distinctly American version of the salty delicacy prized for centuries by Russian czars gets its start each May in the cool waters where the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers converge, the same spot where explorers Lewis and Clark camped two centuries ago. ...

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Montana lifts fish advisory downstream of oil spill

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana wildlife officials have lifted an advisory urging people to use caution when eating fish caught downstream of an oil pipeline break along the Yellowstone River near Glendive. The January 17 spill along a line owned by Bridger Pipeline LLC released 30,000-gallons of oil into the river. Most of the crude was not recovered. The advisory was ...

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After two pipeline breaks, federal regulations scrutinized

Two pipelines have dumped 70,000 gallons of crude into the nation’s longest free-flowing river in the last four years. What they have in common is that right up until breaking, both were considered safe. That “all clear” by regulators has sparked concern about whether the federal government is setting the bar too low for pipeline safety and ignoring destructive river ...

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Oil shipments to resume in pipeline that broke under river

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Wyoming company is preparing to resume oil shipments through a pipeline that broke and spewed 30,000 gallons of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River, even as most of the spilled oil remains unrecovered. Cleanup is on hold near the small city of Glendive, where the water supply for 6,000 residents was temporarily contaminated. Efforts to remove oil ...

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