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Cleanup Continues in Yellowstone After ExxonMobil Pipeline Ruptures

A Houston-based ExxonMobil response team is continuing to assist with clean up efforts in the wake of an oil spill on the Yellowstone River in Montana. Andrew Schneider has more.



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About 350 people are now involved in the effort to clean up the Yellowstone River oil spill. Gary Pruessing, president of ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, described the cleanup effort in a conference call.

“Most of our activity right now is trying to get absorbent boom and absorbent pads out into places where we can collect oil. We now have over 45,000 feet of absorbent boom — that’s about eight miles of boom that’s available to actually apply. We have over 2000 absorbent pads, and the pads are being applied all the places where we have oil that we can still recover.”

Roughly 1000 barrels of crude oil spilled into the Yellowstone on Friday, following a pipeline break under the river near Laurel, Montana.  The Yellowstone rose above flood stage on Tuesday, increasing the dangers that crude will flow into backchannels vital to the river’s fishery.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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