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Old 07-07-2011   #11
 
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July 6 Update on Federal Response to Oil Spill near Billings, Montana

Here's the Official EPA Press Release giving an update on this:

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From: U.S. EPA
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 19:11:08 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Emergency Response News Release (Region Eight): Yellowstone River Oil Spill

July 6 Update on Federal Response to Oil Spill near Billings, Montana

At approximately 11:00 PM on Friday, July 1 a break occurred in a 12-inch pipeline owned by ExxonMobil that resulted in a spill of crude oil into the Yellowstone River approximately 20 miles upstream of Billings, Montana. According to the company’s estimates, 1,000 barrels of oil entered the river, which is in flood stage, before the pipeline was cut off.

EPA’s primary concern is protection of human health and the environment, and the agency is conducting both air and water sampling to determine what impacts the spill may have on air or water quality, while also ensuring the responsible party is held accountable. EPA has initiated air and water quality sampling and will make the results available to the public as soon as the data are available. Air monitoring using real-time instruments that look for volatile organic compounds and hydrogen sulfide is ongoing with no detections in the last 72 hours. Additionally, air sampling for benzene has been conducted between Laurel, MT, and Billings, MT, with no detectable levels. We are deploying additional air samplers at specific locations to ensure the continued protection of the community and emergency responders.

EPA is also directing and overseeing cleanup activities since arriving at the site. As of Wednesday, July 6, approximately 440 responders are on the scene and conducting cleanup activities. Personnel continue to walk the shores and deploy absorbent boom along the river banks to absorb oil that has collected in slow water areas along the shoreline. Responders continue to work to assess where the oil has traveled and what impact it may be having.

The river has been divided into 4 divisions for planning and operational purposes. Initial cleanup activities are concentrated in the first two divisions -- from Laurel to Duck Creek Bridge and Duck Creek Bridge to Johnson Lane -- where responders have identified the most oil-impacted areas. The third river segment encompasses the area from Johnson Lane to Miles City and will also undergo reconnaissance and cleanup. The fourth division includes the remaining downstream portion of the river from Miles City to Glendive.

Today, EPA issued an order to ExxonMobil, pursuant to the Clean Water Act, directing the company to take a number of clean-up and restoration activities as a result of an oil spill into the Yellowstone River. EPA will continue in its role in directing and overseeing the cleanup and restoration of the river and ensuring the protection of human health and the environment.

EPA is coordinating its response actions with the Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service and state and local agencies and will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure ExxonMobil, as the responsible party, addresses any and all potential impacts of this spill.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is responsible for determining the cause of the pipeline failure and has been onsite since Saturday.
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Old 07-08-2011   #12
 
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July 7 Update on Federal Response to Silvertip Pipeline Oil Spill Near Billings, Mont

Today's update:

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Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2011 21:00:58 -0500 (CDT)

Subject: Emergency Response News Release (Region Eight): July 7 Update on Federal Response to Silvertip Pipeline Oil Spill Near Billings, Montana
July 7 Update on Federal Response to Silvertip Pipeline Oil Spill Near Billings, Montana

At approximately 11:00 PM on Friday, July 1 a break occurred in a 12-inch pipeline owned by ExxonMobil that resulted in a spill of crude oil into the Yellowstone River approximately 20 miles upstream of Billings, Montana. According to the company’s estimates, 1,000 barrels of oil entered the river, which is in flood stage, before the pipeline was cut off.

EPA’s primary concern is protection of human health and the environment, and the agency is conducting both air and water sampling to determine what impacts the spill may have on air or water quality, while also ensuring the responsible party is held accountable. Air monitoring using real-time instruments that look for volatile organic compounds and hydrogen sulfide continue to show no detections in ambient air along the Yellowstone River. Additionally, air sampling for benzene has been conducted between Laurel, MT, and Billings, MT, with no detections. We have collected six 24-hour air samples at locations along the Yellowstone River to ensure the continued protection of the community and emergency responders and will publish these results as soon as they are available.

Water sampling conducted by EPA between Laurel and Miles City, MT indicates there are no petroleum hydrocarbons above drinking water levels standards in that region. Preliminary results indicate that the Yellowstone River opposes no threat to agriculture use. Prior sampling and ongoing monitoring indicate that the municipal drinking water supplies in these areas remain safe. Fully validated results will be on the EPA website within the next few days. EPA will be coordinating domestic well water testing and conducting indoor air sampling at residences impacted by the spill.

EPA is also directing and overseeing cleanup activities since arriving at the site. As of Thursday, July 7, approximately 544 personnel are involved in the incident response and over 360 are in the field conducting cleanup operations and recovering oil. Personnel continue to walk the shores and deploy absorbent boom along the river banks to absorb oil that has collected in slow water areas along the shoreline. While most of the oil has been encountered within 30 miles of the spill, a pocket of emulsified oil has been spotted approximately 80 miles downstream. No evidence of visible oil staining or emulsified oil has sighted beyond this point during ground and aerial reconnaissance to Miles City.

On July 6, EPA issued an order to ExxonMobil, pursuant to the Clean Water Act, directing the company to take a number of clean-up and restoration activities as a result of an oil spill into the Yellowstone River. EPA will continue in its role in directing and overseeing the cleanup and restoration of the river and ensuring the protection of human health and the environment.

EPA is coordinating its response actions with the Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service and state and local agencies and will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure ExxonMobil, as the responsible party, addresses any and all potential impacts of this spill. In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is responsible for determining the cause of the pipeline failure and has been onsite since Saturday.

Press inquiries: press@epa.gov
Website: Yellowstone River Spill | Region 8 | US EPA
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Old 07-08-2011   #13
 
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Andy- How did you keep the oil ads off your second post??? How do I invest without the popups to click?? Just joshing-no money to invest. Gotta go rip some heavy metal water......
We should see if the rich oil baron's silk sheets work to pull out the oil...
or we can filter the water through them butt to mouth..........
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I took a little ride up river road to laurel and back wed night. Reeks like crude oil anywhere within 100 yards of the water. Black oil all along the banks. Have heard several shallow wells are contaminated. Disgusting. This particular pipe was shut down in may due to concerns about the high water. They said they fixed the issues. Typical lies, then apologies for sh$$$ing in your bed. Now they'll probably jack up the local price of gas to help out.
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EPA to hold media availability session on July 9th

badswimmer - if you log in, you shouldn't see any of the google ads that non-members see, though I'm not sure how you saw them when you were able to post. If you see them when logged in, contact tech support for the buzz.

Here's the EPA's daily update - media session at 11, better hurry...

Note the EPA's set up a website on the spill.

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From: U.S. EPA
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2011 18:58:14 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Emergency Response News Release (Region Eight): EPA to hold media availability session on July 9th

Media Advisory: EPA to hold media availability session on July 9th

Matthew Allen, (720) 237-7414; Libby Faulk, (406) 351-9014

(Billings, Mont --, July 8, 2011) EPA will host a media availability session on Saturday, July 9th at 11 a.m. The session will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at 27 North 27th Street in Billings, Conference Room 5 (3rd floor).

This will be the first of a continuing set of media availability sessions that EPA will host daily at 11 a.m. At tomorrow’s event, EPA staff and other Unified Command representatives will offer a recap of the first week’s activities, updates on spill cleanup, and field questions from media representatives.
For media who cannot attend, a press release including information from the availability session will be sent out following the 11 a.m. availability session.
Press inquiries: press@epa.gov

Website: Yellowstone River Spill | Region 8 | US EPA
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Old 07-09-2011   #16
 
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Andy- How did you keep the oil ads off your second post??? How do I invest without the popups to click?? Just joshing-no money to invest. Gotta go rip some heavy metal water......
We should see if the rich oil baron's silk sheets work to pull out the oil...
or we can filter the water through them butt to mouth..........

I find it pretty funny that you deride the "rich oil barons" when they provide you with practically everything you use in life including your plastic kayak and your means to get to the river or is your kayak wood and your means of transportation a horse.
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mr. compassionate - no denying those facts, hence the "rich oil barons". Do you have any silk sheets to donate? You are obviously are too old and stubborn to help affect any significant change in the basic "american dream" automobile loan, suburban mortgaged to the hilt, credit fueled economy. I wish I could ride a horse everywhere and paddle a wooden boat, but, I must simply do my best to limit my affects. I carpool obsessively or I ride my 300cc dirtbike that gets over 50 mpg with my boat on it. Can you even paddle any of the good water within a gallon or two of you? I doubt that I will see you on any of the good local runs around here so do your part wherever you are to at least equalize your negative impact with some positive litter removal. Or you can volunteer as a Baron Reverse Osmosis Oil Remover, major tax incentives are up for grabs. The only two sustainable ways of living are rural and urban, go back to the city, please. Do you commute? Think of the gas savings!! I think I will go on a bike ride and bring the trailer so I can pick up all the trash these weekly citiots deposit in OUR forest. I guess they think that there are paid people that remove it so it stays pretty for them, maybe they are just bringing the city to the woods, it sure seems like it.
Back to the issue- Call, email, write, congressman, senators, oil conglomerates, etc. Let our representatives try to affect policy and take measures of prevention and redundancy to STOP these gross, abusive, destructive events from happening again and again and again. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again expecting a different result. STOP THE INSANITY, put em all in rubber rooms!
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I find it pretty funny that you deride the "rich oil barons" when they provide you with practically everything you use in life including your plastic kayak and your means to get to the river or is your kayak wood and your means of transportation a horse.

Kind of like those smart mouth slaves bad mouthing their masters too, right? Oh we aren't thankful enough...
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From: U.S. EPA <usaepa@govdelivery.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2011 15:11:00 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Emergency Response News Release (Region Eight): EPA Update on Yellowstone River Oil Spill (Silvertip Pipeline), Week 1

EPA Update on Yellowstone River Oil Spill (Silvertip Pipeline), Week 1
Matthew Allen, (720) 237-7414; Libby Faulk, (406) 351-9014

(Billings, Mont --, July 9, 2011) On July 6th EPA issued ExxonMobil an administrative order instructing them to provide information on the circumstances of the spill, conduct appropriate recovery and remediation actions, and perform ongoing environmental sampling. The order also requires ExxonMobil to provide a work plan which is currently being reviewed by the state of Montana, EPA, and other agency partners. Once approved, the work plan will be publicly available.

Preliminary testing results of water samples indicate there are no detections above drinking water standards; we will be providing data over the weekend. There are 3 water systems in the affected area: Billings, Lakewood, and Laurel. Additionally, EPA will be conducting indoor air sampling at residences impacted by the spill and will continue to coordinate domestic well water testing.
“The biggest challenge right now is the river itself, we have boats in shallow and slack waters but the water is too high and moving too fast to safely place boats in the main river channel,” said Steve Merritt, EPA On Scene Coordinator in charge of the cleanup. “There are more than 550 personnel on scene, and approximately 350 personnel are in the field right now working on this cleanup.”

Crews are actively working on 30 areas of recoverable oil along the river and in backwaters. We clean each pocket as it becomes accessible. Those that aren’t accessible are being monitored via air every day. Reconnaissance has gone 150 miles downstream and the furthest identified oil staining on the banks was about 70 miles, while the furthest spotting of possible foam was about 80 miles.
EPA is holding another public meeting in Laurel, MT on Tuesday, July 12. The location and time of the meeting will be announced within the next 24 hours.
There will be a second media availability session tomorrow at 11 a.m. The session will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at 27 North 27th Street in Billings, Conference Room 5 (3rd floor). EPA staff and other Unified Command representatives will offer updates and field questions from media representatives.

Press inquiries: press@epa.gov

Website: Yellowstone River Spill | Region 8 | US EPA
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From: U.S. EPA <usaepa@govdelivery.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2011 19:19:17 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Emergency Response News Release (Region Eight): EPA Update on Yellowstone River Oil Spill (Silvertip Pipeline), July 10, 2011

EPA Update on Yellowstone River Oil Spill (Silvertip Pipeline), July 10, 2011
Receding waters will provide better access in coming days, air and water testing data available
Matthew Allen, (720) 237-7414; Libby Faulk, (406) 351-9014

(Billings, Mont --, July 10, 2011) As the second week of the oil spill cleanup begins, EPA staff are optimistic about receding water levels in the Yellowstone River, which will allow access to previously inaccessible portions of the river.

This news comes as data becomes available from testing and monitoring conducted last week. A map for both water and air monitoring data is now available at Yellowstone River Spill | Region 8 | US EPA. The validated data confirms preliminary information indicating the water is safe and shows no elevated levels above instrument detection for volatile organic compounds.
“We are continuing to do air sampling and are ramping up water sampling in domestic wells,” said Steve Merritt, EPA On-Scene Coordinator. “We want to screen every drinking water well within the heaviest affected area between Laurel and Billings as quickly as possible and move down river from there.”
There are hundreds of wells in the area, and EPA’s testing priority is domestic drinking water wells to protect human health. As such, EPA will initially screen wells that provide drinking water at homes and businesses in the impacted area.

As part of the requirements of the Administrative Order issued by EPA to ExxonMobil on July 6th, ExxonMobil has delivered a draft work plan to EPA. The work plan contains 7 key elements, and EPA has determined that 3 of those elements are incomplete and need technical clarification and scope of work definition. EPA has presented details on deficiencies to ExxonMobil and expects a response within 1 week.

EPA is working to complete a Pollution Removal Funding Authorization (PRFA) for Montana Fish Wildlife and Game (MFWG). This will allow MFWG to participate in the shoreline assessments and final shoreline cleanup approval.

The public meeting to be held in Laurel, MT this week has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday at 6:30 PM, location to be determined. Media availability sessions will continue to be held by EPA daily at 11 a.m. The session will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at 27 North 27th Street in Billings, Conference Room 5 (3rd floor).
Press inquiries: press@epa.gov

Website: Yellowstone River Spill | Region 8 | US EPA
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