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Officials essentially give up efforts to recover oil spill from Yellowstone River

Most of the 30,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the once-pristine Yellowstone River Jan. 17 from Bridger Pipeline’s breached oil pipeline will remain in the river, federal and Montana regulators said. Earlier this month, Montana Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Jeni Flatow told the Casper Star Tribune that they didn’t expect to recover much of the oil, even though a break-up of the ice was imminent. There was simply too much ice concealing the oil and making recovery near impossible. This week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official Paul Peronard said that the response to the oil spill has ... Read More

City of Glendive warned of carcinogenic tap water days after oil spill contaminated Yellowstone River

Days after a crude oil spill contaminated Yellowstone River, an eastern Montana city has just learned a cancer-causing element in oil, known as benzene, is lurking in their drinking water supply. The spill, which occurred last Saturday, was responsible for nearly 50,000 gallons of crude released in the Yellowstone River. A break in a 12-inch pipeline owned by Bridger Pipeline Co. is blamed for the spill. Local officials confirmed heightened levels of benzene were found in samples taken from a water treatment plant responsible for serving fresh drinking water to the city of Glendive, an agricultural community of around 6,000 people near the North ... Read More