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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