Massive oil spill breaches Yellowstone River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to coordinate environmental response activities associated with an oil spill at a section of pipeline along the Yellowstone River approximately seven miles upstream from the city of Glendive in Dawson County, Mont. 

Bridger Pipeline has confirmed that the spill volume is in the upper range of initial estimates, closer to 1,200 bbls, as the contents of the broken pipeline segment have been reported as containing mostly water.

It is a significant spill, according to the EPA, and the coordination of various response activities at the spill site, the city of Glendive, and at downstream locations will be a priority over the next several days.

Crude oil released into the environment threatens downstream water users, including drinking water supplies, agricultural uses, and wildlife


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