07 Jul '11, 3pm

Yellowstone River Oil Spill Spreads 240 Miles - If This Was Keystone XL It'd Be 20 Times Worse

The Yellowstone River oil spill continues to spread (both physically and metaphorically) with more and more landowners reporting their property has been contaminated with oil from the ruptured ExxonMobil Silvertip pipeline and questions raised about how much oil would have spilled if a similar leaked occurred on the controversial proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The Democracy Now! video embedded above gives a good run down of all this, but here are two of the top-line points: Reports from non-Exxon sources now have evidence of oil spreading over 240 miles from the site of leak. Nearly reaching the North Dakota border. If this spill had happened in the proposed Keystone XL pipeline , which would be carrying tar sands oil from Alberta and would be about 20 times the capacity of this one, it would have spilled nearly 1,000,000 gallons of oil in the same time period. A...

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