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  • Montana oil spill renews worries over pipeline safety Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 2:50 AM ET

    GLENDIVE, Mont.— Authorities were scrambling to decontaminate a water treatment plant serving 6,000 eastern Montana residents after a cancer-causing component of oil was found downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. As residents of Glendive lined up at a distribution center to receive bottled water, officials took initial steps Tuesday to...

  • Roger Webb, R- Billings, introduced Senate Bill 125 Monday in the House Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee. Ellie Hill, D- Missoula, seeks to require parental consent before minors may use tanning beds in House Bill 130, which she introduced in the House Judiciary Committee last week. Hill said she, too, believed Webb's ban could pass out of the Senate...

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline made good on its promise Tuesday to try to seize access to the Nebraska land it needs to finish the project— the first steps it's taken since the state's high court removed a major legal barrier. TransCanada employees said the company filed legal papers in nine Nebraska counties to invoke eminent domain...

  • LONDON, Jan 20- As the dust settles after last week's copper capitulation, attention is inevitably turning to the implications for producers, particularly those perched precariously at the top end of the cost curve. With London benchmark copper trading below the $6,000- per tonne level for the first time since 2009, the potential exit of higher-cost mines is...

  • GLENDIVE, Mont.— Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural...

  • Jan 19- Bridger Pipeline LLC said on Monday it has shut the 42,000 barrel per day Poplar pipeline system after a weekend breach that sent as much as 1,200 barrels of crude oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana. The Poplar system gathers crude from Bakken producers in eastern Montana and North Dakota. Bakken crude narrowed slightly to $5.40 per...

  • E-cigarettes up for debate at Montana Legislature Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 1:31 PM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— Montana lawmakers considered for the first time Monday whether to regulate electronic cigarettes. Diane Sands brought the bill before the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee on behalf of the Montana attorney general's office. A dozen people representing various vaporizer retailers in Montana spoke against the bill, saying...

  • Oil spills in Yellowstone River after pipeline leak Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    Jan 19- Crews worked on Monday to clean up crude oil that spilled in and near the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana even as Bridger Pipeline LLC tried to determine what caused the weekend breach, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Poplar pipeline, which moves crude from Bakken basin to nearby hubs, was last inspected in 2012 and is at least 8 feet below the...

  • GLENDIVE, Mont.— Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk. Preliminary tests at the city's water treatment plant indicated that at least some oil got into a...

  • Pipeline breach spills oil into Yellowstone River Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Montana officials said Sunday that an oil pipeline breach spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana, but they said they are unaware of any threats to public safety or health. The EPA and state Department of Environmental Quality have responded to the area about 9 miles upriver from Glendive, Parker said.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 15- A U.S. agent investigating Silk Road told jurors at a trial of accused operator Ross Ulbricht that he believed in 2013 that the former chief of the Mt. Karpeles, who was never charged, denied he had anything to do with Silk Road. "The investigation reached that conclusion already- this is why I am not the one sitting during the Silk Road trial, and I can only...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 15- A U.S. agent investigating Silk Road told jurors at a trial of accused operator Ross Ulbricht that he came to believe the former chief of the Mt. Under questioning by Ulbricht's lawyer, Der-Yeghiayan said that as part of a search warrant for Karpeles' Google email account he had said there was probable cause to believe he controlled Silk Road.

  • Proved reserves of crude oil and lease condensate in North Dakota, meanwhile, surpassed those in the federal Gulf of Mexico in 2013, ranking it second only to Texas among U.S. states, EIA said. Collectively, North Dakota and Texas accounted for 90 percent of the overall net increase in U.S. proved oil reserves in 2013.. Tight oil plays accounted for 28 percent of all...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- U.S. economic activity continued to expand in October and November, with lower gasoline prices boosting consumer spending, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. "In early November, oil and gas exploration activity decreased in North Dakota and increased in Montana relative to a month earlier; production remained at record levels," the Fed said. "

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • Nov 12- Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto did not admit liability, but agreed to pay $250,000 to wheat growers' associations, including $100,000 to the...

  • Nov 10- Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm has been ordered to pay nearly $1 billion to his ex-wife in one of the largest-ever U.S. divorce judgments, according to a court filing on Monday. Although the award could make Sue Ann Hamm, 58, one of the 100 wealthiest women in the United States, according to Forbes' rankings, it is far smaller than...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday could lead to new legislative measures that directly effect the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Iowa, North Carolina, Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota and Arkansas, more than the six gains...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- With Congressional election results so far confirming expectations, a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate will likely deal investors a result that could have a direct effect on the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South...

  • But a Reuters investigation found in 2012 that coal companies were using affiliated brokers to settle royalty payments on exports to Asia at much lower domestic prices. The findings prompted Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, to call on the U.S. Interior Department early last year to investigate the practice. While that review continues, the U.S. Office...