The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has approved the restart of a portion of the Poplar Pipeline System that was shut after a spill into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana in January.
The pipeline must operate at a reduced pressure until it is deemed safe, the PHMSA said, adding that the restart of the system located south of the Yellowstone River must be conducted during daylight hours with notification to all local emergency response officials.
The investigation into the 17 January spill, which released about 1200 barrels of Bakken crude, is ongoing.
The 42 000 bpd Poplar pipeline system gathers crude from producers in eastern Montana and North Dakota.
Edited from various sources by Elizabeth Corner
Sources: Reuters, Business Insider