ExxonMobil: Yellowstone River oil spill may have reached 1,000 barrels, clean up operation expanded

By on Jul 4, 2011 in Environment, Health, United States Comments

ExxonMobil announced on Sunday, July 4, 2011 that the oil spill in Yellowstone River, near Billings in Montana may have reached to 1,000 barrels, and cleaning-up is now being expanded.

Yellowstone River oil spill aerial view
Image Credit: Larry Mayer/AP

As noted by ExxonMobil Pipeline Company on its official website, the oil spill is being estimated to have reached between 750 and 1,000 barrels as it apologizes to the public.

However, the company noted that clean up operation is continuous and will be expanded; with its pipeline pumps being shut down within to isolate the troubled pipeline.

“We are bringing in experts from across the country to clean up the oil,” ExxonMobil Pipeline Company president Gary Pruessing was quoted on the report, leading the response effort.

“We will stay with the cleanup until it is complete, and we sincerely apologize to the people of Montana for any inconvenience the incident is creating.” Pruessing added.

As of this writing, there was no reported cause of the oil spill which was said to have reached to as far as five miles down the Yellowstone River from the location of the pipeline.

Nevertheless, ExxonMobil confirmed on its report that it met all regulatory requirements and has undergone inspection in which the latest was last December.

In addition, the company noted that a field audit of the pipeline’s integrity management program was conducted last month by U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Meanwhile, the oil spill incident is under thorough investigation and ExxonMobil is reportedly coordinating with concerned government agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to ExxonMobil, a monitoring of air quality within the affected area is currently being performed and has confirmed that the public is safe from any hazardous effect related to the oil spill.

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