08 Jul '11, 7pm

Will Congress rush thru Keystone XL #tarsands pipeline before Yellowstone River #oilspill probe complete? via @NWF #eco

As a scientist, I’m concerned about both short-term and long-term impacts to the water and wetlands, and the people, fish and wildlife that depend upon the Yellowstone River. The Yellowstone River provides critically needed water and habitat in an otherwise dry landscape. It was only several years ago that the bald eagle, which inhabits the area, was removed from the endangered species list. The endangered pallid sturgeon also lives downstream from the spill. One can expect a decline in overall water quality, which isn’t good for anything. Most at risk are relatively immobile wildlife such as frogs, salamanders, and turtles. Beaver, otter and muskrat are also in harm’s way. Sadly, industry is using the same playbook to respond to the Yellowstone River spill that it did in the Gulf oil disaster. Exxon Mobil has responded slowly while rushing to tell reporters the pipeline w...

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