• Petitioned Cynthia L. Quarterman

This petition was delivered to:

Administrator of Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Admin, U.S. Department of Transportation
Cynthia L. Quarterman
Secretary, Department of Interior
Ken Salazar
President of the United States

After the Yellowstone River Spill, Stop Letting the Oil Industry Off the Hook

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On Friday July 1st an ExxonMobil oil pipeline under the Yellowstone River broke and spilled thousands of gallons of oil. The Yellowstone River in Montana is the longest undammed river in the United States. It is also known for its trout fishing and bird life, which attracts tourists. The 42,000 gallons of oil have since spread at least 15 miles, affect neighboring farmers and ranchers.

Pipelines account for 16 times more spills than ocean drilling in the United States. The U.S. Department of Transportation notified Exxon Mobil in July 2010 of seven potential safety violations and other problems along the pipeline. Exxon Mobil did nothing, and the U.S. government did not hold them accountable. This is from a company that only pays a 2.6% tax rate!

Members of the affected communities have already begun to suffer from illnesses such as “acute hydrocarbon exposure.” To make matters worse, flooding has delayed the cleanup process. Exxon has since said that they will do “whatever is necessary” to cleanup the spill, but they have to wait for the river to subside.

Our thoughts are with the members of the affected communities, wildlife and ecosystems in Montana. But we need to make sure this never happens again. Tell President Barack Obama, the Department of Transportation and the Department of the Interior to add teeth to their regulations and not hesitate to fine violators like Exxon Mobil.

Cynthia L. Quarterman, Administrator of Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Admin, U.S. Department of Transportation
Ken Salazar, Secretary, Department of Interior
President of the United States
Friday's pipeline oil spill into the Yellowstone River was tragic and predictable. Pipelines leak 16 times more oil than ocean spills. Where there is oil, there are spills, but it doesn't help that oil industry wrote the laws that regulate them. Please tighten regulations on oil pipelines and do not hesitate to fine violators.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Photos and Blog post from Yellowstone River Spill

      Hey all,

      Check out our latest blog post with photos from the Yellowstone River Oil Spill.


    3. Landowners along river weary, hopeful of cleanup efforts

      Exxon has not begun cleanup efforts, and locals are concerned about their property value.

    4. Fish Consumption Advisory for Yellowstone River

      The Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Department has issued an advisory to avoid eating fish caught along the Yellowstone River from Buffalo Mirage fishing access site near Park City and the Yellowstone's confluence with the Bighorn River near Custer

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. Clean Up Crews Have Still Not Arrived At Spill Site

      The clean-up crews have yet to arrive at the spill site. An estimated 63,000 gallons have currently spilled in MT

    7. 1700 Signatures!

      Thank you all so much for your support. We've come so far in such a short time! Please share with your friends and on your websites. This is an important issue and we need to help the people of MT affected by this spill now.

    8. Clean ups and responses are delayed from ExxonMobil

      People are sick from the fumes of the spill, and are calling hot lines waiting for days for a response from ExxonMobil. Why the slow response?

    9. ExxonMobil Says Pipeline Repair Could Take Weeks

      Will they ever repair the pipeline to prevent a spill again? Sounds a bit shakey, per Gary Pruessing's statement: "It's not something that's going to happen in the next day, or week, or couple of weeks."

    10. Check out Austin Miller's blog about the Yellowstone River Spill

      Great blog post from Austin Miller-he just happened to be at Yellowstone National Park when the spill happened. Great perspective, check it out!

    11. Who Needs Yellowstone When You Have Oil?

      I took my first trip to Yellowstone National Park last week, and it was spectacular. I’d been in the park for less than half an hour my first day when half a dozen of the country’s oldest and largest public bison herd merged with traffic and held...

    12. Reached 1,500 signatures
    13. Exxon Took An Hour to Seal the Pipeline, Not 30 Mins as Previously Claimed

      Right out of the oil industry playbook. It apparently took double the time Exxon claimed for them to seal the pipeline under the Yellowstone river. Outrageous.

    14. Jared Leto tweeted our petition!

      Hey Everyone!
      Check out Jared Leto's tweet about our petition. Please RT. Thanks Jared, for being conscious about the environmental issues of our day.

      Meena Hussain

    15. Wow! We've almost reached 900!

      We're just shy of 900 signatures! Thank you all so much for your support. Feel free to share via facebook and twitter.

      Meena Hussain

    16. Reached 750 signatures
    17. Thanks for your support!

      We've reached over 120 signatures! Thank you all so much for your support for this cause.
      Feel free to share this petition on your facebook pages. Let's hold companies accountable for their sloppy work!

      Meena Hussain

    18. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kyler Donlan HARWICH, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      They cannot be allowed to get away with this.

    • Cindy Heister CHARLOTTE, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      President Obama: Stand up to oil companies and protect people and our nation's environment. This is unacceptable and I am appalled that the US government would sit idly by as oil companies continue to get away with pollution to the environment and harming people's health. This is unacceptable. I implore you to take action to hold these polluters accountable and protect the American public.

    • Chloe Garness YORK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Yellowstone is such a beautiful and unique habitat. I don't see why people wouldn't want to ensure it stays that way.

    • Echo Mitchell MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      All levels of government should institute laws requiring oil companies to contribute a percentage of their profits ongoing towards environmental protection. And the specific cases of pollution should bring huge fines from those comanies for the benefit of those affected.

    • Victoria Clouse TULSA, OK
      • over 2 years ago

      The whole world does not revolve around oil no matter how much you lie to yourselves...where does your greed stop?


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