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Montana oil spill cleanup to slow as river gets dangerous

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The struggle to recover 30,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline spill into Montana's Yellowstone River is expected to grind to a near-halt in coming days as warmer weather makes ice on the river increasingly dangerous, state regulators and a company spokesman said Wednesday.

Because of brittle ice, crews trying to recover oil trapped beneath the Yellowstone could be pulled off the river as early as Thursday, said Bonnie Lovelace with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

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Yellowstone oil spills fuel arguments over Keystone line

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress pushes for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline — a project that would pass near the spot where 30,000 gallons of crude spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River earlier this month.

The recent spill temporarily fouled a city's water supply and became the latest in a string of accidents to highlight ongoing problems with maintenance of the nation's 61,000 miles of crude oil pipelines.

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N.D. pipeline not state inspected before 3M-gallon saltwater leak

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota official says a pipeline that spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater produced during oil drilling wasn't inspected by the state prior to being used.

North Dakota Industrial Commission spokeswoman Alison Ritter said Wednesday that the pipeline was installed in July, but a shortage of qualified inspectors means state oversight has been minimal of new small-gathering pipelines. The commission oversees about 20,000 miles of pipeline.

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W.Va. town restoring water service following diesel spill

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in southeastern West Virginia are turning the water back on for about 12,000 Lewisburg area residents who lost service after a diesel fuel spill.

Media outlets report the state Bureau of Public Health notified the city around 7 p.m. Monday that it could restart its water treatment plant. Tests found no contamination at the city's intakes along the Greenbrier River.

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Executive: No guarantee BP would help pay subsidiary's fines

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An executive for the BP subsidiary that faces billions of dollars in possible fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill testified Tuesday that it is uncertain whether other BP entities would step in to help pay a steep penalty.

The day's first witness was Richard Morrison, regional president and chairman of the board for BP Exploration and Production, often referred to in court as BPX&P. He acknowledged three times since the spill when BP entities have aided his corporation with loans or equity purchases but added that he had no way of knowing whether parent corporation BP PLC or other entities would provide more help.

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Case against Rainey still on after SCOTUS refuses appeal

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Reuters

Former BP executive David Rainey has seen his request to have the U.S. Supreme Court hear his appeal in an obstruction of Congress case rejected: He stands accused of lying to lawmakers about the severity of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, Reuters reports.

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EPA: 4M gallons pumped from North Dakota saltwater spill

More than 4 million gallons of a mixture of fresh water, brine and oil have been pumped from the area affected by the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota's current energy boom, according to a report issued Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The report provides an overall assessment on the nearly 3 million-gallon spill of saltwater generated by oil drilling that leaked from a ruptured pipeline that operator Summit Midstream Partners LLC detected on Jan. 6. It remains unclear exactly when the spill occurred and what caused it.

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Montana oil spill estimate lowered to 30,000 gallons

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities have lowered their estimate of how much oil spilled from a broken pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, briefly contaminating the water supply of a city downstream.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Wendy Thomi said Monday that Bridger Pipeline Co. recovered about 20,000 gallons of crude from its pipeline. That's 10,000 gallons more than originally reported, meaning 30,000 gallons went into the river Jan. 17.

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Witness praises BP spill cleanup

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP struggled for 87 days to contain the millions of gallons of crude that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but an expert witness on Monday called its cleanup response exemplary.

"They were very prepared," said Frank Paskewich, a retired Coast Guard captain and president of Clean Gulf Associates Inc., an oil spill response cooperative.

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About 12,000 in West Virginia without water due to spill

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A diesel fuel spill has left about 12,000 people in southeastern West Virginia without drinking water.

The city of Lewisburg says an estimated 3,975 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a tributary of the Greenbrier River late Friday night when a tanker truck overturned on Route 92.

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