E.J. Posted July 3, 2011 Report Share Posted July 3, 2011 An Exxon Mobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone river in Montana ruptured on Saturday, leaking hundreds of barrels of oil and causing a 25-mile (40km) plume that has fouled the riverbank.The breach in south-central Montana led to the temporary evacuation of hundreds of residents along a 20-mile stretch of the river, a key tourist attraction in the region that runs through the famous national park of the same name. Cleanup crews deployed booms and absorbent material as the plume moved downstream at around 7mph (10km/h). The river has no dams on its way to its confluence with the Missouri river just across the Montana border in North Dakota and it was unclear how far the plume might travel. "The parties responsible will restore the Yellowstone river," Brian Schweitzer, the governor of Montana, said. An Exxon Mobil spokeswoman, Pam Malek, said the pipe leaked an estimated 750 to 1,000 barrels of oil for about half an hour before it was shut down. Other Exxon officials estimate up to 42,000 gallons (158,982 litres) of crude oil escaped. Read more HERE Quote Link to comment
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