HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) — Montana Attorney General
Tim Fox, Gov. Steve Bullock and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
recently announced an attempt to pursue natural resource damages from Bridger
Pipeline LLC (Bridger).
The damages would be pursued under the federal Oil Pollution
Act and state law for injuries to natural resources stemming from an oil spill
into the Yellowstone River in 2015. The oil spill involved a Bridger pipeline rupturing,
resulting in more than 30,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil pouring into
“As important as the production and transportation of oil
and petroleum products is to our state, when the accidental release of oil
taints our natural resources, it is equally important that we understand the
extent of the damage and that the resources are restored,” Fox said.
“This is a critical step in making sure that restoration happens. I
appreciate the hard work by the state and federal teams who responded to the
spill initially and who will be carrying forward the damages assessment now,
and for the cooperation of the pipeline operator in these efforts.”