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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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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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Bullock calls for deeper pipelines after oil spills

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana’s governor is calling on the Obama administration to strengthen rules that require oil pipelines to be buried just 4 feet beneath major waterways. The Democratic governor’s Friday request comes after two breaches spilled a combined 93,000 gallons of crude into the Yellowstone River. River scouring due to flooding or an ice jam is being investigated as ...

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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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