A website has been established for information related to the oil spill from the Poplar Pipeline System. You can access the site at www.poplarresponse.com. If you'd like to ask a question, click the "Ask a Question" tab on the main page.
Glendive Water Supply Safe for Consumption
Once people flush the pipes in their houses, water is safe to drink.
Glendive – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the Glendive municipal drinking water supply is now meeting standards set by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The water supply was contaminated after oil spilled into the Yellowstone River on January 17 after the Poplar Pipeline broke six miles upriver from the water supply intake.
Elevated levels of volatile organic compounds, primarily benzene, were found in the drinking water supply earlier this week. The maximum contaminant level for benzene is 5 parts per billion, or 5 micrograms per liter. The highest level tested in the water supply was 15 parts per billion. The Centers for Disease Control has said that short-term exposure at this level does not cause long-term health effects.
Unified Command reminds people to flush the pipes in their homes before drinking the water. Once that is complete, the water is safe to drink.
Information on flushing the pipes in homes is being distributed around town at various locations. Instructions are online at www.poplarresponse.com and on the EPA and DEQ websites.
"The primary concern has been restoring Glendive’s drinking water supply to meet safe drinking water standards," said Tom Livers, DEQ director. “The response team has been working hard to restore water and help the community get its water back.”
The Unified Command was established in response to a release from the Poplar Pipeline System owned by Bridger Pipeline, LLC. The command is operating out of the Dawson County Disaster and Emergency Service Center in Glendive. Officials believe up to 960 barrels of crude oil (approximately 40,000 gallons) leaked from the Poplar Pipeline where the line crosses the Yellowstone River upstream from Glendive.
Information and updates on the Poplar Pipeline response can found at www.poplarresponse.com, deq.mt.gov/yellowstonespill2015, and epaosc.org.
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The Unified Command has received some reports that some locals have been observing a dark brown/black substance coming from their taps near the end of the prescribed flushing procedure. The EPA has made an observation of the substance and we believe at this time that it is likely sediment that commonly settles out in municipal supplies when the water is left stagnant for some time and is not related to the VOC contamination. If you notice any additional odor when reaching the completion of the flushing procedure, please contact the Poplar Response Hotline at 1-888-595-8351 and report such findings so that we can further investigate.
Daily operating hours for the Water Distribution Center at the EPEC are from 10 am - 8 pm. If you have any questions, please call the Health Department at 406-377-5213.
Also, a community center has been established at the Dawson County Courthouse at 207 W. Bell in Glendive. Representatives of Bridger Pipeline will be available to answer questions about the response. A representative from the Governor’s office will also be on hand. The center will be open from 9 am to 5 pm daily.
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