Montana oil spill latest in pipeline company’s string of of incidents

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The Wyoming company whose pipeline leaked 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana and its sister company have had multiple pipeline spills and federal fines levied against them in the last decade, according to government records.

Bridger Pipeline, the operator of the Poplar Pipeline that broke recently near Glendive, Montana, recorded nine pipeline incidents between 2006 and 2014, according to the pipeline administration. Combined, the spills leaked nearly 11,000 gallons of crude.

Bridger’s sister company, Belle Fourche Pipeline, recorded 21 incidents over the same period, during which a total of 272,832 gallons of oil was spilled.

Both companies are operated from the same control room in Casper and are owned by the True family. Tad True, vice-president of Bridger and Belle Fourche, said the companies have made great efforts to improve their compliance record. Since 2009, Bridger has been inspected eight times. Belle Fourche has been…

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