Oil Pipeline Ruptures Under Montana's Yellowstone River
"I saw birds trying to take off that couldn't because of oil on their wings, I saw a spiny soft shell turtle dive into a glob of oil."
We're just learning about an Exxon Mobil oil spill
in Montana's Yellowstone County. Officials are now scrambling to
protect the communities and wildlife that depend on the Yellowstone
Hundreds of barrels of crude oil spilled into
Montana's Yellowstone River after an ExxonMobil pipeline beneath the
riverbed ruptured, sending a plume 25 miles downstream and forcing
temporary evacuations, officials said.
The break near Billings in south-central Montana fouled the riverbank
and forced municipalities and irrigation districts Saturday to close
The river has no dams on its way to its confluence with the Missouri River just across the Montana border in North Dakota. It was unclear how far the plume might travel.
Exxon Mobil is currently estimating the gusher at about 42,000
gallons of oil (1,000 barrels). The oil is moving downstream at 5 to 7
miles an hour.
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