Prospects minimal to recover more oil from Yellowstone oil pipeline spill

Associated Press
FILE - This Jan. 19, 2015 file photo a warning sign shows the location of a 12-inch oil pipeline owned by Bridger Pipeline Co. that spilled up to 50,000 gallons of crude along the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Mont. Bridger Pipeline LLC company prepared Wednesday, March 11, 2015 to resume oil shipments through a pipeline that broke and spewed 30,000 gallons of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River, as cleanup work on the spill upstream of Glendive was on hold and most of the oil remained unrecovered. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown,File)
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — State and federal regulators say the response to a 30,000-gallon oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River is shifting from emergency crude recovery to long-term monitoring and remediation.

Paul Peronard with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that about 2,500 gallons of oil were recovered. That's just over 8 percent of the amount spilled.

Because there are minimal prospects for further oil recovery, Peronard says his agency no longer has jurisdiction over the spill. That means the Montana Department of Environmental Quality will become the lead agency in the response.

The Jan. 17 pipeline breach temporarily contaminated the water treatment plant downstream in Glendive.

State officials say they will negotiate with pipeline owner Bridger Pipeline LLC of Casper, Wyoming, in coming months over a penalty for water pollution violations.

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