ND official: 3M gallons of saltwater spills, damage unclear

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — State officials say nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, though the environmental effects aren't immediately clear.

State health official Dave Glatt said Wednesday that the leak was detected Jan. 6, north of Williston. It's the largest saltwater spill since the state's oil boom began in 2006, and nearly triple the size of the previous record.


Some oil recovered from broken pipeline after river spill

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Workers recovered about 10,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline that spilled crude into the Yellowstone River and contaminated a Montana city's drinking water.

An estimated 40,000 gallons is still in the river and will be difficult to extract because of a thick layer of ice.


Past, future effects of oil argued in BP penalty trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 2010 BP oil spill's long-term effects on Gulf of Mexico sea life and coastal marshes remain uncertain, an environmental expert testified Wednesday as federal attorneys laid out their case for penalties against the oil corporation that could hit $13.7 billion.

Donald Boesch, a professor at the University of Maryland, testified for the Justice Department, which is pressing for high penalties against the oil giant. Aside from the obvious harm — among his examples were oiled wildlife, fouled coastal marshes and damage to mangroves — Boesch recounted potential harm to sea life populations based on the effect of oil on microbes at the bottom of the natural food chain.


City tries to repair contaminated water system after spill

GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Authorities were scrambling to decontaminate a water treatment plant serving 6,000 eastern Montana residents after a cancer-causing component of oil was found downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill.

Up to 50,000 gallons of crude were released in Saturday's spill.


Pipeline breach located beneath Montana's Yellowstone River

GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — A company responsible for a Montana oil pipeline spill says the breach in the line has been located directly beneath the Yellowstone River.

Up to 50,000 gallons of crude were released in the spill.

Bridger Pipeline spokesman Bill Salvin said Tuesday a mechanical inspection of the damaged line revealed a breach about 50 feet from the river's south shore.


New Assistant AG Cruden watching over BP spill trial


In his first month in charge of the Justice Department’s environment and natural resources division, Assistant Attorney General John Cruden is overseeing the prosecution in the third phase of the trial over BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, NPR reports.


BP penalty trial dredges up gloomy images of 2010 Gulf spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Images of oil-coated birds and testimony about "widespread sociocultural harm" opened the third phase of a trial to establish penalties BP must pay under the federal Clean Water Act for spilling millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The government wants the oil giant to pay another $13.7 billion for harming not just the birds and fish, but the business climate and social fabric of coastal communities.


Drinking water trucked into Montana city after oil spill

GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk.

Preliminary tests at the city's water treatment plant indicated that at least some oil got into a water supply intake along the river, according to state and federal officials. About 6,000 people are served by the intake, Glendive Mayor Jerry Jimison said.


Anadarko to fight Deepwater fine in court

The Wall Street Journal

Anadarko Petroleum, which wasn’t blamed for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico although it owned a quarter of the Macondo well that blew, is still liable for penalties under the Clean Water Act, a possibility the company will fight in court in a trial that gets underway Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.


Crews to clean up oil spilled from eastern Montana pipeline

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Crews worked Monday to clean up crude oil that spilled in and near the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana while officials with Bridger Pipeline LLC tried to determine what caused the weekend breach.

Bridger has said the break in the 12-inch steel pipe happened Saturday morning in an area about 9 miles upstream from Glendive. Bridger spokesman Bill Salvin said Monday that the company is confident that no more than 1,200 barrels — or 50,000 gallons — of oil spilled during the hour-long breach.


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