Oil For the Yellowstone

I can’t find any reports on this oil spill as to whether the oil could contaminate our national parks. From the info I could glean, the spill has traveled from Laurel (A) to Pompeys Pillar National Monument (B), but I did find this:

The river has no dams on its way to its confluence with the Missouri River just across the Montana border in North Dakota. It was unclear how far the plume might travel.

Apparently the pipeline runs under the river towards a few refineries in Billings, nearby to Laurel, Montana where the spill occurred.

One source says the plume has traveled 25 miles downstream at a speed of 5-7 mph and has been sighted near Pompeys Pillar National Monument

And of course, the usual dithering and lack of clarity about just how much oil travels through their own pipelines.

ExxonMobil spokeswoman Pam Malek said the pipe leaked an estimated 750 to 1,000 barrels of oil for about a half-hour before it was shut down. Other Exxon officials had estimated up to 42,000 gallons of crude oil escaped.

Source and Source and Source

Note: I just realized how much diligence I’m giving this story… Fuck, I never do this for non-environmental stories. Take it for what you will…

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