28 Jul '11, 6pm

Oil Found on 60% of Yellowstone River Shoreline

Photo: Alexis Bonogofsky/National Wildlife Federation. We've been talking pipelines lately -- the would-be tar sands-pumping Keystone XL in particular -- so let's check in on one that just ruptured. A busted Exxon pipeline recently loosed over 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone river, and you've probably read some of Mat's posts detailing the scope of the damage. Well, the latest update is in: oil from that pipeline has coated 60% of the Yellowstone River's shoreline. Businessweek reports : The tally released Tuesday by Montana Department of Environmental Quality director Richard Opper offers one the first clear gauges of the scope of the spill after weeks of high water slowed access to fouled areas. Just over 40 percent of shoreline inspected to date had light to very light oil. Seventeen percent had moderate oil. Just 1 percent was heavily contaminated. The state...

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