Oil Spills Into Yellowstone River After Pipeline Leak

More than 50,000 gallons of oil spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River after a pipeline burst.

More than 50,000 gallons of oil spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River after a pipeline burst on Saturday.

The residents of Glendive, Mont., are receiving bottled water and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency after the spill from True Companies' Poplar pipeline. About 1,200 barrels of oil are believed spilled in the river, according to the governor's office.

Cleanup crews were slowed by ice that's covering most of the river, CBS News reported.

"These are horrible working conditions to try to recover oil," Paul Peronard, the on-scene coordinator for the EPA, told CBS. "Normally you at least see it, but you can't see it, you can't smell it."

"We're going to have to hunt and peck through ice to get it out," Peronard said.

via CBS News

The Yellowstone River