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BP to call witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's oil giant BP's turn to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The second week of a three-week trial is set to begin Monday in New Orleans. Last week, government experts testified about environmental, economic and social damage arising from the spill. BP attorneys disputed much of that testimony, and have argued the recovery of the environment and the Gulf economy has been strong.

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Breached pipeline that spilled oil lies exposed on riverbed

GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — 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.

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Environment official: Saltwater spill reached Missouri River

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's environmental chief says water testing has shown that saltwater contamination from a massive pipeline spill reached the Missouri River. But he says officials don't expect harm to wildlife or drinking water supplies.

Dave Glatt said Friday that given the size of the river and volume of water, the contaminants quickly diluted.

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Crews survey ocean, Oahu coastline for oil after ship sinks

HONOLULU (AP) _€” Officials are surveying the ocean and shoreline for signs of spilled oil after a towing vessel sank off Oahu.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie said Friday that crews are looking for oil from the air and along the shoreline. The Coast Guard is working with lifeguards along potentially affected coasts.

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After spill, pipeline company says new line will be safer

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Wyoming company said Friday it will replace a pipeline that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into a river in Montana with a new line buried more deeply to protect against future accidents.

The Jan. 17 spill into the Yellowstone River contaminated the water supply for 6,000 residents of Glendive in eastern Montana. The city's water was certified safe to drink on Friday after tests showed it no longer had harmful levels of benzene, a cancer-causing component of crude.

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Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Earthen barriers have been set up across a creek and water was being tested Thursday around the site of a nearly 3 million-gallon leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, the largest spill of its kind during North Dakota's current oil rush.

The berms were built at Blacktail Creek to prevent potentially contaminated water from flowing out of the creek and into a bigger body of water that eventually leads into the Missouri River.

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Montana city gets OK to drink water after oil spill in river

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Thousands of people in an eastern Montana city were told Thursday they can resume using tap water after tests showed no further signs of contamination from a weekend oil spill into a nearby river.

The 6,000 residents of Glendive had relied on bottled water since Monday after elevated levels of cancer-causing benzene were found in the public water supply. The chemical came from 40,000 gallons of oil that spilled on Saturday from a pipeline breach beneath the Yellowstone River, about six miles upstream of the city.

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Montana city to hear if water safe to drink after oil spill

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Initial tests show water supplies in a Montana city show no sign of a cancer-causing element for the first time since they were contaminated by a weekend crude oil spill, a state official said Thursday, raising hopes that thousands of residents can soon start drinking from their taps.

Glendive's water no longer shows elevated levels of benzene, a carcinogenic component of oil, in tests taken from fire hydrants, said Jeni Garcin with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

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Questions and answers about oil and gas wastewater spills

Nearly 3 million gallons of briny water generated by crude oil production has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline and reached two creeks, making it the biggest spill of this type of wastewater since the state's Bakken formation oil boom began in 2006.

Here are some questions and answers about oil and gas saltwater spills:

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Montana oil spill renews worry over safety of old pipelines

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A second large oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River in less than four years is reviving questions about oversight of the nation's aging pipeline network.

Investigators and company officials on Wednesday were trying to determine the cause of the 40,000-gallon spill that contaminated downstream water supplies in the city of Glendive.

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