Crews are still working to cleanup the area along Cut Bank Creek on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northwest Montana where oil spilled almost a month ago.
The Great Falls Tribune reports that soil and water contaminated with oil is being hauled off the area where 20 barrels of oil spilled.
A faulty pipe on land leased by FX Energy of Salt Lake City caused the spill, which was originally unreported. Any where from 420 to 840 gallons were leaked and as of Aug. 7 only half had been cleaned up.
So far, 13 55-gallon drums have been filled with oil and water, and contaminated soil filled up 18 nylon tote bags that each have a capacity of 2,000 pounds.
One of the key challenges of the project was moving the heavy barrels and bags out of the ravine.
Also in the story, the Tribune reported the spill might change how the Blackfeet manage their oil leases.
Don Judice of the BLM, which regulates oil and gas activity on the reservation, said the agency is evaluating the possibility of requiring FX, and other companies operating on the reservation, to replace old collector lines. The BLM has sent the company a notice of violation for not reporting the leak.
Officials with the BLM, Environmental Protection Agency and Bureau of Indian Affairs will participate in a final inspection of the cleanup to make sure the oil is recovered and the environment protected, he said.