11 Jul '11, 8pm

Well Water Safe So Far, Spot Tests Show After Oil Spill: As the floodwaters ease, the E.P.A. will soon begin tes...

Well Water Safe So Far, Spot Tests Show After Oil Spill: As the floodwaters ease, the E.P.A. will soon begin tes...

Associated Press Exxon Mobil workers scanned an area along the Yellowstone River on Monday. Ten days into the oil spill on the Yellowstone River in Montana, the federal government is releasing test data indicating that the air and water quality have been relatively unimpaired. According to Exxon Mobil, about 1,000 barrels of oil leaked from its Silvertip pipeline into the Yellowstone River. Raging flood waters prevented testing on the river in the immediate aftermath of the leak. But on Sunday night, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement that the waters had now receded enough that the agency could soon begin testing in the river. In the meantime the agency said it was sampling hundreds of drinking wells in the area. “We want to screen every drinking water well within the heaviest affected area between Laurel and Billings as quickly as possible and move do...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/11/well-water-safe...

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