Oil spills, burned off, in Powder River Basin

By: AP
By: AP

Sheridan, WY (AP) - Federal and state officials say they've cleaned up a significant oil spill in the Powder River Basin.

An estimated 25,000 gallons of oil spilled when a 6-inch pipeline sprang a leak midway between Buffalo and Gillette. U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say the oil flowed more than two miles but they dammed back the spill a couple miles short of the Powder River.

The Sheridan Press reports (http://bit.ly/1mrkUBt ) officials burned off the oil because other cleanup options weren't practical.

Clark Bennett with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Buffalo said Tuesday the spill likely occurred May 19 and the burn happened Thursday and Friday. He says the BLM didn't notify the public about the spill because nobody was being affected.

The pipeline belongs to Casper-based Belle Fourche Pipeline.

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