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Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer swears to hold Exxon Responsible for Pipeline Rupture
On Friday, July 1st, 2011, an Exxon pipeline, which stretched across the Yellowstone River in Montana and normally carried 40,000 barrels of crude oil a day to a refinery in Billings, broke. For almost an hour, oil rushed into the river.
Montana governor Brian Schweitzer remarked that he will stay on Exxon Mobil “like the smell on a skunk” to insure that they do their job to clean up the spill.
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How much oil spilled into the Yellowstone River?
Approximately 1,000 barrels of crude oil leaked into the Yellowstone River. The oil has now traveled beyond the Montana state limits.
"At seven miles per hour, some oil is already in North Dakota. That's a given," said Governor Schweitzer. The governor is asking everyone to report what they see in the river as an indication as to how far the oil has spread.
Exxon and government officials are working to contain the spill, but there is still fear that the oil could make its way into the river's fishery.
How did the Exxon pipeline rupture?
The Department of Transportation’s Secretary Ray LaHood said that "the investigation into this incident is ongoing…when companies are not living up to our safety standards, we will take action. We will continue to work with the EPA, while ensuring that those responsible are held accountable."
Although the exact cause is still uncertain, Reuters reports that heavy river flow following the spring rain may have caused erosion of the pipeline.
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