Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Drinking Water After Montana Oil Spill



After a pipeline breach spilled as many as 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River on Jan. 17, a cancer-causing agent found in petroleum has been discovered in the drinking water near the downstream community of Glendive, Mont.

According to KULR-8 Television in Billings, Mont., Water samples taken at a water treatment plant serving the town of about 6,000 people showed elevated levels of benzene. Truckloads of bottled water are being shipped to the town, and residents have been instructed not to drink or cook using tap water. 

Additional water tests were ordered by Montana representatives and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after Glendive residents reported a petroleum- or diesel-like smell coming from their taps.