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.


US: Oil spilled in 2010 Gulf disaster more than BP estimate

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge determined Thursday that more oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico following a rig explosion in 2010 than BP estimated, a decision that could potentially cost the London-based oil giant more than $13 billion in one of America's worst environmental disasters.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that 3.19 million barrels were discharged into the Gulf after a rig explosion at BP's Macondo well. The number is more than the 2.4 million barrel figure BP had argued for and less than the government's estimate of about 4.2 million. The government figure could have meant $18 billion in maximum penalties under the Clean Water Act.


Judge: 3 million barrels discharged after 2010 BP spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has determined that 3.19 million barrels of oil was discharged into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 as a result of a rig explosion at BP's Macondo well. This is less than government estimates of about 4.2 million, but more than the 2.4 million barrel figure BP had argued for.

Thursday's finding by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier sets the stage for next week's trial to determine BP's Clean Water Act penalties. The government has argued that the oil giant should pay as much as $4,300 per barrel spilled, which could mean in excess of $13 billion in penalties. BP argues that the per-barrel penalty should be less.


Appeals court won't rehear a BP oil spill liability argument

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its 2014 ruling that BP cannot avoid federal penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 7-6 against a rehearing. The court released its ruling Friday.


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