Here’s the latest from the Great Falls Tribune: on the oil spill that polluted waterways on the Blackfeet Reservation in northern Montana in July.
By Karl Puckett:
A six-week cleanup of an oil spill on the Blackfeet Reservation is complete with federal regulators planning to visit the site this week.
Up to 20 barrels of oil spilled from a flow line 3 inches in diameter in June and made its way through a ravine to the shores of Cut Bank Creek.
Gabe Renville, owner of Indian Country Environmental Associates in Browning, the cleanup contractor hired by pipeline owner FX Energy of Salt Lake City, said the work was finished Sunday.
He’s said the company did a satisfactory job cleaning oil from soil, pools of water and rocks.
“I’m thinking the tribe and EPA will be pretty satisfied, too,” Renville said. “I don’t anticipate any problems.”
Collected from the site were 20 55-gallon barrels of oil/water mixture. That mixture will be recycled by an on-site portable oil/water separator, Renville said.