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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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Montana coal-fired power plant is latest to shut down

BILLINGS, Mont. — The J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant in Billings will shut down in August, its owner said Tuesday, making it the latest casualty in a wave of closures across the country that have left the coal industry reeling. The 153-megawatt plant owned by PPL Montana has operated since 1968 along the Yellowstone River. It burns coal from Wyoming’s ...

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Claims center established for river pipeline spill

BILLINGS, Mont. — A claims center has been set up in Glendive for people who suffered financial losses from a 30,000-gallon oil spill into the Yellowstone River. Pipeline owner Bridger Pipeline LLC of Casper, Wyo. will be responsible for any valid claims submitted. Claims can include costs from the removal of oil or damage to natural resources, loss of profits ...

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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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Big Montana oil spill is latest involving pipeline company

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming company whose pipeline leaked 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana and its sister company have had multiple pipeline spills and federal fines levied against them in the last decade, according to government records. Bridger Pipeline LLC, the operator of the Poplar Pipeline that broke recently near Glendive, Montana, recorded nine ...

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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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Boom goes the pipeline, again

pipeline explosion, fire

On Monday morning another gas pipeline exploded, marking the fourth extreme accident involving a U.S. pipeline just this month. The gas pipeline in Brooke County, West Virginia, is owned by Enterprise Products LP.  Several eye witnesses stated all they could see was a massive fireball rocketing hundreds of feet in the air.  One witness told emergency dispatchers that the explosion ...

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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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