July 4th, 2011
06:53 PM ET

Montana governor demands answers

Montana's governor pushed for answers Monday as to why additional resources have not been devoted to clean up the Yellowstone River, days after hundreds of barrels of oil seeped into the rushing waters after a pipeline ruptured.

ExxonMobil reports at least 200 people have converged on the area near Billings.

"Not all the assets that we wanted are here, and we're going to find out why," said Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Whether the globe goes through normal warming and cooling cycles or not, there are

    July 5, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Julia

      Joey, you are absolutely right. This is why so many Baby-Boomers felt so strongly about population control. Many made personal pledges to only reproduce to replace themselves when planning their families.

      July 5, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Julia

    Thank you TvNYC. Glad to hear someone out there really does care about the (truly) disabled. I replied to you twice and must have said something wrong... neither was posted.

    @WishIHadAJob- $1900/mo (less Medicare premium & supplemental insurance) isn't really all that much. Not if you were making $80k/yr before becoming disabled. At least that's what I would be making now if my life/career hadn't ended in 2003. And no, I do not get $1900/mo, which BTW = $22,800/yr.
    McCain's 2007 income tax showed Social Security income of $25,000. Now WHO needs this benefit?

    July 5, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    Oil companies are ripping off the American people and destroying our water ways. Their tax breaks need to be immediately stopped. Each company needs to put a minimum of 20 billion dollars a year into a penalty fund (if there is a spill or not) as well as still pay for the cleanups. These companies have played the American people for fools long enough !

    July 5, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. ladiesbane

    MT, which used to be farmer-Democrats, turned socially conservative Republican some years ago, and is getting a preview of greater self-serving excesses to come with deregulation of major industry. Other gifts from under-regulated or self-regulated industry include the Butte mine FEMA site, the TWO Superfund sites in Libby (water poisoned by bad logging practices, and air poisoned by bad mining practices), and other obscenities-for-profit perpetrated in a state whose motto is "oro y plata." Enjoy life under your conservative overlords, Montana!

    July 5, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    People of the United States of America and the Governer of Montana.
    Two reasons;there always seems to be people who are not competent and with not enough authority within Oil Companies who are in charge of these types of cleanup Operations.2nd, Cost.It probably has an effect on the bottom line though it would seem minimal on the Company within a particular state.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. TvNYC

    Sorry Julia I fell asleep... Hope you had a great holiday

    July 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
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