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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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Exxon gets $1 million penalty for Yellowstone River spill

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal officials have issued a $1 million penalty against Exxon Mobil Corp. for safety violations stemming from a pipeline rupture in 2011 that spilled 63,000 gallons of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River. The Department of Transportation order issued Friday reduces the penalty as originally proposed by about $700,000. That comes after the Irving, Texas-based oil company challenged ...

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Montana oil spill adds to fears about proposed pipeline

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A pipeline oil spill in Montana that contaminated a river and a city’s drinking water supply is adding to fears about a proposed pipeline to carry oil from western North Dakota to a terminal in Illinois for distribution to refineries in eastern states. Many people who commented Thursday at a public hearing in Sioux Falls, South ...

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Montana city to hear if water safe to drink after oil spill

BILLINGS, Mont. — Initial tests show water supplies in a Montana city show no sign of a cancer-causing element for the first time since they were contaminated by a weekend crude oil spill, a state official said Thursday, raising hopes that thousands of residents can soon start drinking from their taps. Glendive’s water no longer shows elevated levels of benzene, ...

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North Dakota to test for tainted drinking water

As a result of the recent pipeline rupture outside Glendive, Montana, the North Dakota Department of Health will begin testing drinking water in Williston and other municipalities to determine if public health is at risk, according to a report by The Bismarck Tribune. The pipeline, owned by Bridger Pipeline LLC, released an estimated 40,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone ...

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Yellowstone oil spill now estimated at 40,000 gallons

The amount of oil spilled into the Yellowstone River from a broken pipeline is now estimated at 40,320 gallons, Montana officials reported. Pipeline owner Bridger Pipeline LLC was able to retrieve 240 barrels of the crude oil from the broken 12-inch pipeline located 6 miles upstream from Glendive. The pipeline broke beneath the Yellowstone River on Saturday. Dawson County, where ...

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Cancer-causing agent detected in water after pipeline spill

GLENDIVE, Mont. — A cancer-causing component of oil has been detected in the drinking water supply of an eastern Montana city just downstream from a crude oil spill that entered the Yellowstone River. Elevated levels of benzene were found in samples taken from a water treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural community of Glendive near the ...

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Drinking water trucked into Montana city after oil spill

GLENDIVE, Mont. — Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk. Preliminary tests at the city’s water treatment plant indicated that at least some oil got into a ...

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Crews to clean up oil spilled from eastern Montana pipeline 

BILLINGS, Mont. — Crews worked Monday to clean up crude oil that spilled in and near the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana while officials with Bridger Pipeline LLC tried to determine what caused the weekend breach. Bridger has said the break in the 12-inch steel pipe happened Saturday morning in an area about 9 miles upstream from Glendive. Bridger spokesman ...

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Pipeline breach spills oil into Yellowstone River

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BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana officials said Sunday that an oil pipeline breach spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana, but they said they are unaware of any threats to public safety or health. The Bridger Pipeline Co. said the spill occurred about 10 a.m. Saturday. The initial estimate is that 300 to 1,200 ...

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