July 5th, 2011
09:41 PM ET

Montana issues emergency order for oil spill

Montana's governor declared a state of emergency Tuesday related to a ruptured pipeline that caused tens of thousands of gallons of oil to gush into the Yellowstone River - a break the pipeline's owner still don't know the cause of, a spokesman said.

Schweitzer toured the spill site Tuesday morning, a day after criticizing the speed and effectiveness of the response in an interview with CNN.

A spokesman for ExxonMobile, Alan Jeffers, told CNN on Tuesday that the company is stepping up its clean-up effort, which has come under criticism from Schweitzer.

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  1. Jazzzzzzzz

    Not me. That's my troll. Well at least it writes well.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PhilipP

    The really sad part about these "spills" is that they leave people with the impression that these mishaps are responsible for how damaged our ecosystem is. ALL pipelines and oilwells leak, and it's these millions of small leaks that do the real damage. Our oil and natural gas pipeline infrastructure is in sadder shape than our highways and bridges. Why? Same reason. Lack of preventive maintainance and patching a [pot]hole rather than replacing the entire section. The oil&gas industry ignores these millions of small leaks almost as good as everyone else. (and that's just counting the production and delivery phases. You should see the mess we make drilling a well in remote areas. What we don't tear-up, we sh/t on)

    July 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    One time one of our rig-up trucks got stuck in the mud out in the middle of nowhere Utah moving a drilling rig. So the driver snubbed-off on this old tree by the side of the road. Perhaps you can imagine the strain placed on an old tree wrapped with a winch line pulling on over 100,000 pounds. Now imagine that it was the oldest tree in the entire state of Utah, because it was. If we'll do this to your oldest tree, what chance the river.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. vey victus

    Great another National Treasure severely damaged by a Oil Company.
    Second one in two years too, now I have to cross Yellowstone Park off my possible vacation list too.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    I quit working in our domestic oilfields for good in 1996 after returning from a job in Germany, where the government made sure everything was done properly. The entire location was paved. Here in the USA, we erect the drilling rig on dirt, and we leave behind the toxic drilling mud for nature to deal with. In Germany, it's sent through a centrifuge and the oil company pays for every gallon of mud to be disposed of safely. Our corporate, national, and personal greed is OK with Uncle Sam.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. TvNYC

    The British Petroleum (BP) spill poisoned our oceans, now Exxon Mobil (XOM) spill is poisoning our rivers. I think this is real bad!
    Although, I am very optimistic that USA is going to conquer whichever technological difficulty our modern world has to offer!

    July 6, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    They say that everything is okay with this, though. Everything is fine and good with this situation, I mean.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. RN

    And they want to drill in far north of Alaska/ arctic regions? Big $, big evil, big mistake. Exxon not only doesn't pay taxes, they get huge money (welfare) back from gov't. (Thank you GOP!) Search Bernie Sanders top ten corporate free loaders to read how big corporations like EXXON pay less taxes than YOU and get TRILLIONS in kick backs from our gov't.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. the dook

    If i spill something I get yelled at. They say quit spilling stuff dummy. Someone should yell at these people. And throw doodoo at em.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    @RN...Big-oil benefits from both Democrat and Republican administrations that have allowed what you complain about to fo on for decades. ditto (D) and (R) controlled Congresses. And you may not have noticed, but your president has a (D) after his name. So much for your "it's all the GOP's fault" theory. (both D and R leaders have refused to allow US to ever audit the Federal reserve also. Is that all on the GOP too?)

    July 6, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. marian atkinson

    So do you really want an overland pipeline from the filthy Alberta oilsands to add to your misery and that of Canadians? And in Canada they plan to also have deep sea drilling in the Arctic and off the coast of Newfoundland - that's the NORTH ATLANTIC folks - next stop east is Great Britain from there. One bust-up such as happened in the Gulf of Mexico would be 'nothing' in comparison to trying to clear anything up at the mercy of North Atlantic storms and cold water.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dickie

    "Every form of refuge has it's price".

    July 8, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |