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PIA National Briefing on Montana Yellowstone River Oil Spill

The PIA National Business Issues Committee (BIC) chaired by Susan Sallada has issued a briefing memo on insurance considerations involving the July 2 Exxon/Mobil oil...
July 12, 2011

The PIA National Business Issues Committee (BIC) chaired by Susan Sallada has issued a briefing memo on insurance considerations involving the July 2 Exxon/Mobil oil spill from the company's pipeline that runs from Silver Tip to Billings, Montana. The 12-inch pipeline spilled up to 42,000 gallons of crude oil that has also directly flowed into the Yellowstone River, a major tributary of the Missouri River.  The Yellowstone flows through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota and moves into the Missouri River.

Compared to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year, the Montana oil spill is a smaller and less complicated. The monitoring efforts of the oil company picked up the leak, and the company was able to quickly shut off the flow of any further crude oil through the defective portion of the pipeline - unlike the BP leak in the Gulf, which continued unabated for weeks. Nonetheless, the possible loss that residents may face is still to be determined.

You can read the PIA National one-page summary here and the full report here.

Read BIC's Montana Oil Spill - Summary

Read BIC's Montana Oil Spill - Background