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Sunday, January 25, 2015

A possible future here in Ligonier if residents sit back right now...

  • Cause of spill that left cancer-causing benzene in Montana’s city water probed
  • Officials say residents can drink water but must run taps for 15 to 20 minutes
"One week after a pipeline spilled nearly 40,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River and contaminated a Montana city’s water supply, clean-up crews have made little progress in their efforts to remove the oil from the partially frozen river. The site of the pipeline break, six miles upstream from the high-plains city of Glendive, Montana, is almost entirely capped in ice, complicating efforts to retrieve the oil and slowing the response process. The cause of the spill remains under investigation. The conditions are changing quickly, sometimes by the hour, making it hard to for workers to plan the recovery, Bill Salvin, a spokesman for Bridger Pipeline, the Wyoming-based company which owns the pipeline, told the Guardian on Saturday.
“We still obviously have a very serious issue here,” he said. “We’ve had very limited success because of the conditions. It is extremely challenging and there are significant safety hazards for having people working on the ice.” Salvin said crews had only been able to recover a small fraction of the oil that spilled into the Yellowstone. The crews, he said, had recovered 274 barrels of oil, or 11,500 gallons, the vast majority of which was inside the broken pipeline. Because of the conditions, crews have only been able to remove about 15 barrels, or roughly 630 gallons, of an oily, watery mix from the Yellowstone. As the weather warms, crews cannot rely on the ice to remain solid and are unable to bring heavy equipment."