An Oil Spill Runs Through It: Montana Suffers Another Pipeline Rupture

The AP dropped more bad news on a state already reeling from Exxon’s Yellowstone spill:

A newly discovered oil spill in northwestern Montana went unreported for a month before a neighboring landowner complained to the Blackfeet Indian Tribe, federal regulators said Monday.FX Drilling Co. never reported the spill, estimated to be between 420 and 840 gallons, to the tribe or to the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA spokesman Joe Vranka said.

A fossil fuel company lying to the public about a spill — who could believe it?

This should be another the nail in the coffin for TransCanada’s proposed tar sands pipeline into the U.S. — see As America’s “Last Best River” Suffers Through Exxon Spill, Experts Warn of Risks from Keystone XL Pipeline.

The narrator of A River Runs Through It says:

Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.

Now we are all haunted by oil.


Below are earlier comments from the Facebook commenting system:

BP just declared the Gulf of Mexico ‘clean & fixed’.
If you buy that, I’ve got a pristine river in Montana to sell you. Oh, wait!

July 19 at 3:15pm

Josh Mechals

And BP has a new little leak in the Alaskan Tundra. Awsome. More tax credits for big Oil need people. Dig deep.

July 19 at 11:24am

Todd Tanner

Looks like some of the oil ran downstream into the Marias River. After what happened with the Yellowstone, Montana’s anglers aren’t going to be real happy.

July 19 at 1:06pm

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