Remember the 2011 Yellowstone River Oil Spill?

Posted: May 6, 2013 in CAUSES, GREEN, PRESS RELEASES, Table Of Contents, TRUTH / Occupy
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Story below. Images and more information at:
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2011/07/exxon-pipeline-bursts-yellow
stone-river/39544/

The National Wildlife Foundation’s Alexis Bonogofsky lives on the
Yellowstone River and has a farm there. When the ExxonMobil oil pipeline
below the Yellowstone River burst late Friday night leaking oil into the
river and contaminating the local waterway, her farmland was contaminated
with oil from the spill. Exxon officials told Alexis that she should not
document the effects the spill has on her property and that she should stay
from the oil “just to be safe.” They told her “off the record” that she
should move her livestock away from the parts of the farm affected by the
spill.

She wrote about her experience on Sunday morning:

I walked down to our bottom pasture because the River was supposed to flood
and I wanted to see if it had come over its banks. Sure enough, there was
about 2 feet of water in the pasture. I got this overwhelming smell of
hydrocarbons (very distinct smell especially around here because there are 3
refineries). I checked our local paper and saw that a pipeline had ruptured.
Even though this had been going on for over 7 hours, and we are right on the
River, we received no call, no warning…nothing. I had to find out about it
by seeing it in our pastures. Apparently they evacuated people further up
stream that were closer to the pipeline.
The plume of oil is about 25 miles (40 kilometres) long. 140 people were
evacuated from their homes because of the spill. The oil was discovered
around 11:30 pm Friday and the pipe was shut off by midnight.

About 750 to 1, 000 barrels of oil leaked into the river over half an hour
before the pipeline was shut down on Saturday according to Pam Malek, an
ExxonMobil spokeswoman. Other Exxon officials have been quoted saying  up to
42, 000 gallons of oil leaked into the river. About 120 miles of the
waterway in Billings, Montana is being considered contaminated. The oil
flowed easily along the river because of flood conditions expected this
weekend.

Exxon has called in its Global Response Team, an emergency cleanup crew, out
of Houston to direct the clean up efforts, according to the Billings
Gazette. They have also contacted about 100 contractors out of Washington to
come in and help. Montana’s state government is going to monitor Exxon
throughout the cleaning process. Crews from local refineries spent parts of
Friday night and all day Saturday working to clean up.

Bonogofsky said she could see, “birds trying to take off that couldn¹t
because of oil on their wings, I saw a spiny soft shell turtle dive into a
glob of oil.”

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Sources
Exxon Mobil Oil Pipeline Ruptures Under Montana¹s Yellowstone River, Miles
Grant, National Wildlife FoundationClean up on oil spill resumes; officials
plan morning press briefing, Gazette Staff, Billings GazetteYellowstone
river suffers oil spill, The Guardian UK
Topics: Oil Spill, Disasters

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