Oil spilled into Yellowstone River in US

Jul 03, 2011
Oil floats near a boom as workers using suction hoses try to clean up an oil spill in a river. An oil pipeline in northwestern US state Montana has ruptured and spilled crude oil into the Yellowstone River, a key tourist attraction in the region that runs through a famed national park, the pipeline operator acknowledged.

An oil pipeline in northwestern US state Montana has ruptured and spilled crude oil into the Yellowstone River, a key tourist attraction in the region that runs through a famed national park, the pipeline operator acknowledged late Saturday.

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company said the leak developed Friday on the section of the pipeline that runs from Silver Tip to Billings, both in Montana.

The pipeline has been shut down and the segment where the release occurred has been isolated, the company said in a statement.

The amount of oil released into the river remains undetermined.

"We recognize the seriousness of this incident and are working hard to address it," the company said in a statement. "Our principal focus is on protecting the safety and health of the public and our employees."

ExxonMobil also promised "a thorough investigation" of the leak.

Considered one of the most scenic Western US rivers, the Yellowstone River starts in northwestern Wyoming and flows northward through Yellowstone National Park, feeding Yellowstone Lake and creating famous Yellowstone Falls.

It is one of the principal tributaries of the upper Missouri River.

Although the spill lies downstream from , the river is seen as a major tourist attraction along all of its length.

Officials with the were expected to arrive at the scene of the spill early Sunday, The New York Times reported.

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wwqq
not rated yet Jul 03, 2011
Useless fluff-piece. What kind of scale are we talking about here? a hundred litres? A hundred cubic metres?
Skultch
5 / 5 (1) Jul 03, 2011
And the total cost of global oil usage keeps-a-risin....
Skultch
5 / 5 (1) Jul 03, 2011
Useless fluff-piece. What kind of scale are we talking about here? a hundred litres? A hundred cubic metres?


You're right that a reaction can't be made without that info. I'm pretty sure it's too early to tell. Useless? Hardly. Information was broadcasted and people are now aware. That's hardly useless.
Vendicar_Decarian
not rated yet Jul 03, 2011
Capitalism at it's best.
Vendicar_Decarian
4 / 5 (4) Jul 03, 2011
Exxon estimated that up to 1,000 barrels, or 42,000 gallons, spilled Saturday
wwqq
not rated yet Jul 04, 2011
Exxon estimated that up to 1,000 barrels, or 42,000 gallons, spilled Saturday


Now that's better!
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (1) Jul 04, 2011
The oil pipeline is buried under the river (or lies at the bottom).

Who owns the pipeline and the land the pipeline sits?