Posted: Jul 4, 2013 10:30 PM by David Jay - MTN News
FORT SMITH, MT - A Phillips 66 pipeline has been shut down, after leaking on the Crow Reservation.
The leak happened late Tuesday and Phillips 66 alerted the tribe Wednesday morning.
Crow Tribal Chair Darrin Old Coyote estimates about 42,000 gallons of gasoline leaked near Fort Smith.
Phillips 66 says the pipeline transports finished petroleum products such as gasoline and diesel from its Billings refinery to Wyoming, Utah and Colorado
Phillips 66 says it detected the leak on its eight inch Seminoe pipeline, late Tuesday.
Spokesman Dennis Nuss says Phillips 66 immediately shut down the pipeline.
Nuss says there are no anticipated health concerns. Old Coyote confirms this and also says it is not near any homes or streams.
Old Coyote says Phillips 66 and the other crews are on scene.
"Phillips 66 was the one who reported it," Old Coyote said. "The pipeline is shut down and they are mobilizing their equipment to actually do the cleanup. No evacuations have taken place, but they are doing traffic control because the area is close to the road that goes from Hardin to Fort Smith, so there is traffic control out there."
Old Coyote says the Tribal EPA, the Tribal Historic Land preservation and Crow Land Security are assessing the situation.
The US EPA, the Department of Transportation's Pipeline Safety and Hazardous Materials Administration and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality have also arrived.
Crews have started the cleaning process with excavating some of the soil.