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Old 07-02-2011   #1
 
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Oil in the River

"Ruptured Pipeline spills oil into Yellowstone River"
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/03/us...pill.html?_r=1

Any of you northerner type folk know more about this? The article seems to gloss it over a bit.

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Gotta love the fact that there is a oil pipeline close enough to the river to spill into it but for gods sake keep kayakers out of there.
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There's not just one pipeline, but numerous lines under the Yellowstone near Laurel. The Billings Gazette reports that the pipeline is buried 6 feet under the bottom of the river. There are also 3 refineries between Laurel and Billings that all sit on the river, so no one knew just whose oil it was at first. Later determined to be Exxon's. So far the slick has reached to Miles City, MT about 150 miles downstream. Exxon officials have thrown far reaching estimates about amounts leaked, from 750 to 42,000 gallons of oil leaked...

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here's a link to the Billings Gazette, I'm signing off to watch the local news

Ruptured pipeline sends oil coursing down the Yellowstone River
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Upon a closer read; one estimate is 750 to 1,000 barrels, the other 42,000 gallons.
42 gallons in a barrel x 1,000 barrels = 42,000 gallons, so the estimates are the same.
Sounds like trouble to me.
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Oh, you are right, I did not examine the article close enough, sorry about this mis-information.
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Gotta love the fact that there is a oil pipeline close enough to the river to spill into it but for gods sake keep kayakers out of there.
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More recent article regarding the river clean-up efforts.

Montana governor presses for answers on resources for oil clean-up - CNN.com
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It looks like the spill is running away from the park, correct? Before I start writing angry letters I'd like to know if this will get into the park or not.
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Do You mean Yellowstone Park? Yes it is well downstream of YNP. Nevertheless, at this time, Exxon is not sure how to get to the pipe to determine the leak location. It may be some time before it is fixed. The flow of oil however was shut off days ago so at least its not just flowing out. Lots crude in backwaters and left from the receding waterline.
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It looks like the spill is running away from the park, correct? Before I start writing angry letters I'd like to know if this will get into the park or not.

map in case you are confused:
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If you're following the story, check out the Gazette's photo coverage. Gallery: Yellowstone River oil clean up
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