06 Jul '11, 2pm

It'll take years to know the full extent of the damage from Exxon’s 42k gallon #oilspill in the Yellowstone River

It'll take years to know the full extent of the damage from Exxon’s 42k gallon #oilspill in the Yellowstone River

Exxon-Mobil’s 42,000 gallon oil spill in the Yellowstone River reveals a troubling problem with the safety of the United States pipeline system. It may take years to realize the full extent of the long-term damage that this spill has caused to one of our nation’s last wild rivers. However, this spill is a clear warning that our pipeline safety regulations are not strong enough to provide adequate protection for sensitive resources like the Yellowstone River. This spill should be a wakeup call for the Obama administration as it considers a proposal to build Keystone XL , a far larger pipeline which would carry corrosive raw tar sands across the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. Several days after the Yellowstone spill, pipeline safety regulators at the Department of Transportation reacted by issuing Exxon-Mobil’s Silvertip pipeline a Corrective Action Order (CAO) which requi...

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