Yellowstone River Oil Spill Damage Increasing

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A bald eagle was spotted with oil on it and the bird is not expected to live if he is not cleaned up. Crews are working on trapping the eagle now, so they can clean it. Crews working on clean up found more crude oil and pockets of it in the flooding Yellowstone River, along with more animals affected by the oil spill. Some are dead, and some the crew is working on capturing to clean. Most are migratory birds, but there are also fox, beaver, and fish among the dead. Tests will be conducted on the dead to determine cause of death.

The 1,000 barrels of crude oil first spilled into Yellowstone River on July 1st, and there is more damage being found daily. With the flooding river there are piles of debris, and then pockets of crude form in the debris. So first estimates of damage are not exact. Exxon Mobile has until the end of business day Tuesday to submit their final draft. Working with the incident command team — which includes representatives from ExxonMobil, the EPA and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality — Merritt has formed a special group tasked with figuring out the most effective way to get at the debris piles and remove the oil. From Billings Gazette.


hunter25's picture

Situations like this one are

Situations like this one are terrible. I saw when this happened but didn't realize how serious this one was. It seems like there are a few every year that they get cleaned up quickly in a day or two nad it's over. It's sad to see how many different types of wildlife are affected by something that happens so quickly. All of them are a loss but to see a bald eagle caught up in it is th ewost of all and really drives home the point of how bad it can be. Hopefully the worst is over with this one and they can get to repairing the damage that has been done.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Never a good situation.  At

Never a good situation.  At least it looks like Exxon is making good on the clean-up efforts. 

Ot doesn't seem that, in comparison to other spills, that this was a very big one.  However, in an enclosed ecosystem like this, instead of on a large ocean somewhere, I imagine this would have a much greater affect.

On a side note, my son saw his first Bald Eagle while back in Vermont.  I don't even get to see them very often, so it was a treat for me as well.  Hopefully they'll get this guy cleaned up and back airborn sometime soon.

GooseHunter Jr's picture

That is too bad that the

That is too bad that the spill is not under control yet as we all hate to see animals suffer from this.  I work in the oil and gas field and I and while I do not work for that copmpany I always feel for the animals and the enviroment when theses cases come out.  I always wish there was something I could do to help or to make it so this stuff does not happen.  I hope it all works out for everone up there, especially all the animals that are put into harms way.