ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. issued
the following statement as cleanup operations continued on
Tuesday following an oil spill over the weekend into
Montanas Yellowstone River.
The release originated from a
12-inch crude pipeline operated by the company that runs from
Silver Tip to Billings in Montana.
The pipeline has been shutdown
and the segment where the release occurred has been isolated.
All appropriate state and federal authorities were alerted, the
The statement is as follows:
than 280 people are now involved in the response and cleanup
effort including ExxonMobils North America regional
response team, the Clean Harbors and ER oil spill response
organizations and additional contractors. More than 150 people
cleaned up oil along the river banks on Monday.
unified command has been established to manage response
activities, including recovering oil, monitoring air and water
quality, and addressing questions from local residents.
ExxonMobil is coordinating the response with the Environmental
Protection Agency; the Montana Department of Environmental
Quality; US. Department of Transportation Pipeline and
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; Montana Fish,
Wildlife and Parks; Yellowstone County Disaster and Emergency
Services; and Yellowstone County commissioners.
purposes of the response, the area downriver of the spill has
been organized into four zones. Cleanup activities are focused
in the first two zones, Laurel to Duck Creek Bridge, a distance
of seven miles from the spill location, and Duck Creek Bridge
to Johnson Lane (12 miles). Reconnaissance and evaluation
activities are under way in the second two zones, Johnson Lane
to Miles City (144 miles) and Miles City to Glendive (78
clean up continues in the first two zones closest to the spill
site. More than 48,000 feet of absorbent boom and 2,200 feet of
containment boom and 2,300 absorbent pads are on site and being
used to clean up oil adjacent to the river. Vacuum trucks and
tankers have also been deployed to pick up and dispose of the
· As of
Monday evening, we have received 94 calls to the community
claims line. Of those, 36 were reports from landowners related
to oil on their property. We continue to encourage individuals
in the community who might have been impacted by this event to
contact the claims hotline number (1-888-382-0043).
· We are
actively conducting reconnaissance in the second two zones. We
are ready to deploy resources as needed to clean up oil that
may be identified from the spill in these areas.
aerial flights over the river are being undertaken to identify
additional oil locations and monitor and direct cleanup
activity. As part of our reconnaissance, we are also walking
the parts of the shorelines where it is safe to do so.
the current flooding and very swift river currents, we will
need to wait until it is safe to get into some areas. When we
have determined that conditions are safe, we have eight boats
staged at Coulson Park for deployment for reconnaissance and
monitoring on the river.
continue to monitor air quality and all previous reports have
confirmed no danger to public health. The EPA has conducted
water quality sampling and will publicize those findings when
they receive the results. Municipal water systems are being
notified to monitor water quality but no reports of impacts
have been received to date.
Workers from the International Bird Rescue have arrived in
Billings. The Montana Audubon Conservation Education Center and
Yellowstone Valley Audubon have offered to provide wildlife
recovery services and facilities. We have not received any
confirmed reports of impacted wildlife but will continue to
monitor the area.