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Water supply off-limits in Montana town after Yellowstone River oil spill
Water supply off-limits in Montana town after Yellowstone River oil spill

More than 5,000 people in the rural Montana city of Glendive have been told not to use municipal water because elevated levels of cancer-causing benzene were found downstream from a weekend crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River. Officials said they were distributing fresh water being trucked in after a warning was posted for the residents not to drink or cook with the city water supply because of the high level of benzene, which has a sweet odor and could be a health danger over the long term. About 1,200 barrels of crude oil, or approximately 50,000 gallons, leaked Saturday from the 12-inch Poplar pipeline near where it crosses the Yellowstone. The pipeline is owned by Bridger...

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