Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Exxon Yellowstone River Oil Spill: Cleanup Begins (Video) *Extent of environmental damage being assessed*


Oil swirls in the Yellowstone river after an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured near Billings, Montana. Photograph: Larry Mayer/AP

Exxon Yellowstone River Oil Spill As noted in a prior post, the extent of the environmental and crop damage from at least 42,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the flooding Yellowstone River is unknown. Damage assessments are underway. A break in an Exxon Mobil pipeline near Laurel, Montana on Friday, July 1, fouled miles of riverbank and forced municipalities and irrigation districts to close intakes across eastern Montana. Exxon reports that over 200 workers are cleaning up the oil spill, including using booms to protect the river banks. The Montana landowners are concerned about the long-term effects. Exxon Mobil Pipeline President Gary Pruessing has assured the public the oil will be cleaned up and efforts are underway. Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has promised landowners that he will ensure Exxon Mobil continues the cleanup until all the oil is removed.

Exxon Cleanup Expands on Yellowstone An Exxon Mobil official said Monday the company still does not know the cause of a pipeline leak that sent tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River. NBC's George Lewis reports.

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