Williston water tests safe after river oil pipeline spill in Montana

Associated Press
Glendive water is flushed from fire hydrants and tested by the EPA and the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Mont. Workers recovered about 10,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline that spilled crude into Yellowstone River and contaminated the drinking water supply of the eastern Montana city downstream. An estimated 40,000 gallons is still in the river and will be difficult to remove because of a thick layer of ice. (AP Photo/The Billings Gazette, Larry Mayer )
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials say testing has concluded that Williston's drinking water is safe following an oil spill in the Yellowstone River in Montana.

North Dakota's Health Department says low levels of contaminants were detected in Williston's water but it's unclear where they came from. Officials say the water is safe to drink.

A ruptured Bridger Pipeline Co. pipeline spilled 40,000 gallons of oil into the river near Glendive, Montana, last Saturday. The pipeline breach is about 50 river miles from the North Dakota border.

Elevated levels of cancer-causing benzene were found in Glendive's water supply. The tap water has since been deemed safe.

Officials say the benzene levels in Williston's water were found to be well within state and federal standards. Testing will continue.

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