Former Governor Brian Schweitzer created the Montana Oil Pipeline Safety Review Council in accordance with sections 2-15-122, MCA and Executive Order 10- 2011. The purpose of the Council was to advise the Governor on the status of all existing oil pipelines running underneath Montana’s rivers and stream beds. The Council reviewed all documentation necessary to analyze and critique the safety of each pipeline and the standards required at the time of the installation of each pipeline. The Council assessed the risk of ruptures and leaks in all sections of pipeline that cross rivers and streams. The review gauged a variety of factors including each pipeline’s age, thickness and corrosion, and the condition and operation of all shut-off valves. The Council made recommendations to prevent future failures that could damage Montana’s pristine rivers and streams.
The Council members:
- Chairman Richard Opper, former Director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality
- Mary Sexton, former Director of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
- Tim Reardon, former Director of the Montana Department of Transportation
Final Report to Governor Schweitzer