Update On The Yellowstone Spill

Federal and Montana state officials say the most toxic compounds contained in an estimated fifty thousand gallons of spilled oil dissipated quickly after last month's ExxonMobil pipeline break under the Yellowstone River.

Governor Brian Schweitzer and the Environmental Protection Agency released the results of air, water and soil samples taken after the July 1 pipeline break, aiming to alleviate concerns about the risk to public health. The state and EPA said what was left behind are less volatile gobs of crude.

The spill’s fumes have sickened some Montana residents. They worried the oil could seep into their drinking water and harm crops and livestock.

One resident, Jim Swanson, says he’s not convinced by the results. He hired a private company to take his own soil and water samples and is awaiting the results.


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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