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“Exxon Mobil Corp does not have a definite repair plan yet for the ruptured Montana crude oil pipeline that it shut over the weekend, and company and government officials are still trying to determine the cause of the spill,” a top executive said on Tuesday. [Reuters]
Crews cleaning up the Exxon oil spill on the Yellowstone River “faced difficult conditions Tuesday as the scenic waterway rose above flood stage and stoked fears that surging currents could push crude into areas vital to the river’s prized fishery.” [AP]
Federal Emergency Management Agency inspectors took to Thurman’s tattered road system in the Adirondack region of New York on Tuesday to asses whether flash-flood damage to public infrastructure in late May warrants financial assistance. [Post-Star]
“Life was slowly returning to normal in East London and Port Elizabeth” in South Africa on Wednesday, after heavy rains and flooding wreaked chaos. [IOL News]
“Oil that spewed from an offshore drilling rig in northeastern China for two weeks last month has spread over 320 square miles, government officials acknowledged Tuesday, amid uproar over why it took so long for fishermen, local residents and environmental groups to be informed of the spill.” [NYT]
“The federal Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement agreed Tuesday to meet with residents who fear a catastrophic failure of a 7 billion gallon coal slurry dam in southern West Virginia could rain sludge down on their homes, businesses and children.” [AP]