- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Health Department says it will sample drinking water at Williston and possibly other sites to see whether oil that spilled into the Yellowstone River in Montana is cause for public concern across the border.

A ruptured Bridger Pipeline Co. pipeline spilled an estimated 50,000 gallons of oil into the river near Glendive, Montana. Authorities are working to clean up the water supply for Glendive after cancer-causing benzene was detected. Bridger Pipeline says it will provide bottled water for city residents.

The pipeline breach is about 50 river miles from the North Dakota border. Health Department Environmental Chief David Glatt tells The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1AO2914 ) that officials don’t think oil has reached the North Dakota border, but they’re continuing to monitor and sample.

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