15 Jul '11, 8pm

Tar sands implicated in Yellowstone River pipeline spill from @NRDC's blog:

Exxon-Mobil has admitted that the Silver Tip pipeline which ruptured and spilled 42,000 gallons into the Yellowstone River was used to move tar sands crude. Until yesterday, the company’s position had been that the pipeline carried sweet, low sulfur crude that did not originate from Alberta. On Thursday, Exxon spokesman acknowledged that their previous statements had been incorrect. This revelation appears to have been news to everyone, including regulators at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). This is yet another alarm calling for updated pipeline safety standards, more transparency, and better oversight by our regulators. Given all of the warnings, it would be irresponsible to move forward with Keystone XL until these measures are in place. Now for the details. Exxon owns and operates the Silver Tip pipeline, which carries crude oil to Ex...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/aswift/tar_sands_implic...

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