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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.
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
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.
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."
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