Governor Brian Schweitzer and the Environmental Protection Agency released the results of air, water and soil samples taken after the July 1 pipeline break, aiming to alleviate concerns about the risk to public health. The state and EPA said what was left behind are less volatile gobs of crude.
The spill’s fumes have sickened some Montana residents. They worried the oil could seep into their drinking water and harm crops and livestock.
One resident, Jim Swanson, says he’s not convinced by the results. He hired a private company to take his own soil and water samples and is awaiting the results.