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Cut Bank Oil Spill Cleanup Finished After 6 Weeks

The cleanup of an estimated 840-gallon oil spill in northwestern Montana is finished after six weeks. The contractor, Indian Country Environmental Associates, completed the work on Sunday. Owner Gabe Renville says that his crew collected 20 55-gallon barrels of oil and water. The spill happened June 12 on an oil field on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation operated by Salt Lake City-based FX Energy.

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Exxon Mobil estimates Montana Oil Spill Will Cost $42M

Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. has told federal regulators that its oil pipeline spill into Montana's Yellowstone River will cost an estimated $42.6 million. That figure was included in documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press as a result of a public information request submitted to federal pipeline regulators

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Ruptured Montana Oil Pipeline Had Earlier Problem

A federal pipeline safety official says inspectors found an "anomaly" in an oil pipeline a month before it ruptured in a Montana river, but the problem was not significant enough to force a shut down.

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New Oil Spill Reported In Northwestern Montana

An oil company says 420 to 630 gallons of crude leaked from a flow line at its field in northwestern Montana for up two weeks before the spill was discovered.

The leak at the FX Energy Inc. oil field east of Cut Bank is the second significant oil spill in Montana this month. The amount, 10 to 15 barrels, appears to be much less than the estimated 1,000 barrels that emptied into the Yellowstone River when an Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline broke.

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A Call For Full Discloser

Environmental groups are calling for full disclosure from Exxon to determine whether tar sands corrosion played a role in the Yellowstone oil spill. Dirty fuels campaigner at Friends of the Earth, Alex Moore says tar sands oil can corrode pipelines more quickly.

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Yellowstone Oil Spill Cause Could Take Months To Determine

A federal safety official says it will probably be months before investigators know what caused an ExxonMobil oil pipeline to rupture near Billings, Mont., spilling about 1,000 barrels of crude oil into the Yellowstone River.

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Congressman Rehberg Extends Invitation To Pipeline Safety Hearing

 

Congressman, Denny Rehberg, has sent a letter to the Transportation Committee asking them to invite Montana’s Senators, Max Baucus and Jon Tester, to participate in a pipeline safety hearing on the ExxonMobil pipeline spill in the Yellowstone River.  In the letter to the full-committee chairman John Mica (FL-07) and the subcommittee Chairman Bill Shuster (PA-09), he pointed out the importance of working together with the Senate to address the challenge.

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Cleanup Continues On The Yellowstone River Oil Spill

Cleanup crews are finding more oil-fouled parts along the Yellowstone River near Billings, as flood waters recede after an ExxonMobile pipeline failure. Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy says last weekend was the first time they were able to get boats on the river and  help is appreciated

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Oiled Wildlife Hotline … Call In If You Spot Any

If you spot  oiled wildlife (from the spill near  billings)  there is a hot-line that you can call in to report it.  The free hot-line was set up by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  to aid wildlife spill responders in locating potentially affected animals

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Air, Soil, Wells Near Montana Oil Spill To Be Tested

The Environmental Protection Agency and Exxon Mobil will test indoor air, cropland soils and residential wells downstream of a Yellowstone River oil spill for contamination.

Residents have raised concerns about hazards from the tens of thousands of gallons of crude that poured into the watercourse.

EPA and local officials say they do not expect to find significant health dangers but were acting as a precaution.

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