- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Federal safety regulators have approved the limited resumption of operations for a pipeline that spilled 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive.

The Department of Transportation says Wyoming-based Bridger Pipeline LLC can use a 50-mile stretch of the line that begins on the south side of the river and continues south to Baker, Montana.

The spill temporarily fouled Glendive’s drinking water supply and renewed calls for increased government oversight of the nation’s aging pipeline network. Most of the oil has not been recovered from the Jan. 17 spill.

It was the second significant oil pipeline spill into the Yellowstone in less than four years, following a 2011 spill near Laurel.

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