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On January 17th at 3:00 pm, Bridger Pipeline, LLC notified local authorities of a potential release from a pipeline that crosses the Yellowstone River approximately 5 miles upstream from Glendive.
Shortly thereafter MDEQ notified municipal water utilities of the potential of crude oil passing by their water intakes.
DEQ further advised the water utilities to monitor their intakes for potential impact. Thus far no abnormalities have been reported by the water plant in Glendive.
It is unlikely the crude oil would impact Glendive's water intake because the intake is 14 feet below the water surface, and the oil will tend to float on the water surface. This is especially true of the light crude transported by Bridger Pipeline.
However, on Sunday, January 18th, Dawson County began receiving some complaints of odor in drinking water from people who use the municipal water supply. Because of this, the incident unified command has decided to take a collection of samples from the municipal drinking water supply and will provide teams to monitor taps along Glendive's water distribution system.
This will be done starting on Monday, January 19th.