08 Jul '11, 8pm

Montana Oil Spill Illustrates Climate-Related Risks to Pipelines #lbp

Montana Oil Spill Illustrates Climate-Related Risks to Pipelines #lbp

The river level, running well above flood stage, may have scoured the riverbed and exposed a pipeline, operated by Exxon Mobil Corp. , that was supposed to be buried more than five feet out of harm’s way. Once it was exposed, any debris carried along by the river could have struck the pipeline and caused the leak. The immediate question arises of how likely such an event may be at the thousands of other pipeline river crossings around the country. And with climate change likely playing a role in changes to extreme weather events like those that have caused flooding through the first half of 2011, some experts say a warming climate could be putting pipelines at higher risk for more accidents like this one.

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/article/montana-oil-spill-illustra...

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