Tester to Bridger Pipeline: clean up oil spill now

Senator calls for transparency and local input

(U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester is telling the owners of the Poplar Pipeline that Saturday’s oil spill is unacceptable and the company must clean up the spill site as quickly as possible.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a rupture in the Poplar Pipeline spilled upwards of 1,200 barrels of crude oil in and near the Yellowstone River outside of Glendive.

Tester, in a letter to pipeline owner Hank True, said the company must work with folks on the ground to craft a transparent and comprehensive cleanup plan while also assisting local residents who are impacted by the spill.

“Crude oil spills warrant concern both for human health as well as our state’s outdoor treasures,” Tester wrote. “Bridger Pipeline must work with local communities as well as federal, state and local agencies to ensure water supplies are safe and the environmental impacts are known and mitigated.”

Tester’s letter to Bridger Pipeline president Hank True is available online HERE.