Yellowstone Oil Spill
July 5, 2011 by USA Post
Yellowstone Oil Spill, Exxon Mobil Corp. by political pressures acknowledged Monday that the scope of his escape from the Yellowstone River pipelines could be extended beyond a length of 10 kilometers from the famous waterway.
As the company intensified its cleaning tens of thousands of gallons of spilled oil, Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. President Gary Pruessing pledged to do “whatever necessary” to find and clean up the oil pipe is 12 inches broke at the bottom of the river over the weekend.
The company dismissed the earlier claims by state and federal officials that the damage caused by the spill spread over tens of kilometers. That drew sharp criticism from Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, who is due to visit-damaged areas today.
Underscoring a growing outrage over the spill from some owners of riverside property, Pruessing faced after a news conference by a goat farmer and environmental activist said his friend got sick from oil fumes and had to be taken to the emergency room.
“I need to know what we have been exposed to,” said Mike Scott, whose partner Bonogofsky Alexis, was diagnosed Monday with acute exposure to oil after experiencing breathing dizziness, nausea and problems.
Pruessing said the air monitoring and water had not revealed any risk to health. However, Scott said the company offers the public more information.
Exxon Mobil has estimated that up to 42,000 gallons of crude oil spilled Friday night before the damaged pipeline flow stopped. The break near Laurel has fouled miles of shoreline.
The spill has expanded the calls from some safety advocates and environmentalists who want the government to impose stricter regulations in the industry.
Anthony Swift, a policyanlyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said that Exxon Mobil line Silvertip was apparently in compliance with federal standards emphasize that the rules have to be strengthened.
“This is the type of waste that should not be tolerated,” said Swift. “We need to incorporate more stringent security standards.”
The cause of the spill Montana has not yet been determined. Company officials and the government have speculated that the high waters in recent weeks may have traced the river bottom and exposed to the waste pipe that could have damaged the pipe.
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