Yellowstone River disaster: Montana groups call for greater oversight of oil pipelines
One month after the ExxonMobil pipeline disaster, which spilled over 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, the Billings Oil Spill Conservation Community (see list of organizations below) released a joint statement calling for greater oversight of oil pipelines and urging citizens to hold ExxonMobil accountable for the cleanup.
Please take a moment to add your voice to this important effort:
From the joint statement:
Call on ExxonMobil (888.382.0043) to clean up their pollution and cover all damages and clean up expenses, including those incurred by the State of Montana and the Environmental Protection Agency.
We also want all existing pipelines in the state re-examined for safety issues. And, of course, we are especially adamant that a State Department decision on TransCanada s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline across eastern Montana not be rushed, as Congress is attempting to do. This pipeline, which will carry 20 times as much oil as the Exxon Silvertip, must not put at risk Montana land and rivers. - Mary Fitzpatrick, community leader, Billings, Montana.
Clark, Wyoming is a small community just outside Yellowstone National Park, on the east side of the Beartooth Mountains. It overlies natural gas reserves that the natural gas drilling industry has exploited since the 1960's
Clark, and the spectacular Beartooth Front that surrounds it, are home to outstanding wildlife and recreational opportunities, productive ranch land, and Wyoming's only "Wild and Scenic" river, the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone.