Yellowstone River Oil Spill Damage Increasing
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.