Second crude pipeline spill in Montana wreaks havoc on Yellowstone River

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 Second crude pipeline spill in Montana wreaks havoc on Yellowstone River
Second crude pipeline spill in Montana wreaks havoc on Yellowstone River

By Nate Schweber

Environmental damage from recent oil leak ranges from contaminated water supply to polluted farmland

GLENDIVE, Montana — When an oil pipeline burst in July 2011 and poured 63,000 gallons of crude into the Yellowstone River 200 miles upstream from Dena Hoff’s farm of wheat, beans and corn on the Great Plains in Glendive, she felt disgusted.

When it happened again Saturday, she felt terror. This pipeline breach was underneath the Yellowstone River, just a few feet from her sheep pasture. The new spill poured out some 50,000 gallons of crude oil. Leaders of this small riverside farming and ranching community in northeastern Montana warned residents not to drink their tap water, because benzene, a carcinogen, was found in the municipal water system. Oil slicked the river for dozens of miles, almost to the border with North…

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One thought on “Second crude pipeline spill in Montana wreaks havoc on Yellowstone River

  1. This is heart breaking. Honestly, who did not expect this with the way the oil company has been playing globally?

    Last night I heard there was another larger pipeline break in ND. The water in the west is still tied to the health of their rivers. They know that without the river, they die – unlike city dwellers. I wonder how fast this will turn those conservatives to Democrats?

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