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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., along with five other GOP colleagues, says the White House proposal requiring agencies to consider climate change impacts on projects is illegal, The Hill reports.
Amid reports that Florida has barred officials from using the phrase “climate change” in documents -- an allegation that's been denied by Republican Gov. Rick Scott -- Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has offered legislation to ensure that federal employees are able to do so, The Hill reports.
Platt's reports that Wisconsin's Public Service Commission has endorsed a high-voltage transmission line that critics said protects the utility industry while discouraging distributed power generation.
Under a deal hammered out between Gov. Bruce Rauner, R-Ill., and state House Speaker Michael Madigan, $98 million out of almost $130 million collected from utility customers to fund renewable energy projects will instead be used to reduce the state’s budget deficit, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.
Efforts by the U.S. and European countries to cut subsidies for building new coal-fired plants in developing countries are being opposed by the government of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
President Obama will request the resignation of Rafael Moure-Eraso, head of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board -- three months before his term is set to finish -- after lawmakers from both parties urged the White House to take the step, an aide to the House Science Committee told National Journal.
A revived Department of Energy program to provide loans to promote fuel efficient vehicles will give Alcoa $259 million to expand a Tennessee sheet metal factory that supplies the auto industry, The Wall Street Journal reports.