Oil Spill in Yellowstone River Forces Evacuations

A ruptured pipeline running under the Yellowstone River west of Billings spilled large amounts of oil into the river late Friday, forcing many evacuations. ExxonMobil, the pipeline’s owner, said it would send its North American Regional Response Team to the scene, and the EPA, along with more cleanup personnel, are expected to arrive Sunday morning. (Thanks to Jon Conner for this link.)

Update: The Billings Gazette shows a series of images of the spill. BBC video shows the visual impact of the spill on the river, which is at historic levels due to runoff.

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  • Sayfu

    My GAWD!  How do these things happen?..bad pipe?..bad weld?  Frustrating when the country needs oil these things happen!

  • Mike Conner

    It is no different than aging infrastructure, such as bridges, roads, etc.. in the U.S. BUT the oil industry, unlike the federal coffers right now, Exxon’s pockets “over-floweth” with funds (profits) so there is no excuse for a 20-year-old-plus pipeline.   

  • Anonymous

    SHAME ON EXXON! THEY POSTED RECORD PROFITS THIS YEAR! THEY ARE GOING TO PAY TROUGH THE NOSE ON THIS ONE! EXXON IS FULLY RSPONSIBLE FOR THIS! NO TAX PAYER DOLLARS SHOULD PAY FOR THIS. I AM PRO OIL BUT THIS IS REDICULOUS! EXXON SHOULD BE POLICING THEIR PROPERTY. THE YELLOWSTONE WILL TAKE A LIFE TIME TO RESTORE!

  • Rml042

    Mismanagement at its finest hour. Do nothing till you just have to. Close the gate after the livestock has got out. Exxon should be ashamed of itsself for not doing do diagance.