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Feds: Proposed pipeline rules could have prevented accidents

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — New federal rules proposed for pipelines that carry oil and other hazardous liquids could have prevented more than 200 accidents since 2010, including a Michigan rupture that ranks as the costliest onshore spill in U.S. history, federal officials said. The U.S. Transportation Department proposal announced Thursday covers more than 200,000 miles of hazardous liquids pipelines that ...

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House passes bill to create eastern Montana crime lab

HELENA, Mont. — The Montana House has overwhelmingly passed a bill providing funding for an eastern Montana crime lab. House members voted to pass the amended bill 97-7 Monday. The bill will go next to the Senate for consideration. House Bill 512 would fund a satellite crime lab in Billings to help speed up evidence processing and save some officers ...

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Legislator pitches plan for second state crime lab in Billings

HELENA — Eastern Montana prosecutors and law officers Tuesday made an appeal to state lawmakers to fund a satellite state crime lab in Billings, saying time spent waiting for results from the main state lab in Missoula is costing money and hurting law enforcement efforts. Rep. Dale Mortensen, R-Billings, said it’s a 1,040-mile round trip from Glendive to Missoula for ...

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Oil services company Sanjel to close Billings training facility

Sanjel Corp., a Calgary-based oil field services company, is closing its maintenance and training facility in Billings as the company works to reorganize its operations in the wake of lower oil prices. Vivienne Allen, manager of corporate marketing and communications for Sanjel, confirmed that the company’s training and maintenance facility will close. However, the company will continue to operate its ...

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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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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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Grain trains not likely to benefit from Bakken slowdown

A decline in Bakken oil trains isn’t likely to spell good things for Montana grain farmers, according to rail observers. Getting grain on trains has been a struggle for Montana’s $1.5 billion wheat economy for more than a year, during which time critics have faulted Burlington Northern Sante Fe for leaving grain at the station while hauling more than a ...

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Man convicted in ND oil patch murder sentenced

WAHPETON, N.D. — An Idaho man convicted of killing a man outside of a strip club in the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. KXMB-TV reports the sentence against Jonathan Horvath came Tuesday. In July, he was found guilty of murder, two counts of terrorizing and one ...

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