On the Radar: Yellowstone River spill, Strauss-Kahn troubles, missing student
Leaked oil floats in pools caused by recent flooding around the Yellowstone River.
July 5th, 2011
06:19 AM ET

On the Radar: Yellowstone River spill, Strauss-Kahn troubles, missing student

Three things you need to know today.

Yellowstone spill: Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer will get a close-up look Tuesday at damage done to the Yellowstone River when an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured last week and leaked tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the river, CNN affiliate KTVQ reports.

ExxonMobil reported Monday night that more than 280 people have converged on the area near Billings to clean up the spill, including workers from the Texas-based oil company and the Clean Harbors environmental firm.

But ExxonMobil officials told the Billings Gazette that workers have yet to reach the site of the rupture and determine its exact nature.

Historically high water levels and rapid currents have made things difficult. On Saturday, for instance, levels near Billings reached their peak for the season at 13.95 feet, nearly a foot above flood stage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“It’s not a safe place to be right now,” ExxonMobil spokesman Alan Jeffers told the Billings newspaper.

The rupture occurred on a pipeline that brings oil from Wyoming to a refinery in Billings, the Gazette reported.

More trouble for former IMF chief: A lawyer for French writer Tristane Banon said he will file a criminal complaint Tuesday against former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn over an alleged attempted rape eight years ago.

The development comes days after charges against Strauss-Kahn in New York appeared to be on shaky ground.

In anticipation of the new claims, a Strauss-Kahn lawyer in France said he had filed a counterclaim against Banon for "false declarations" after the 32-year-old journalist and writer alleged the ex-IMF chief assaulted her.

The filing by Strauss-Kahn's lawyer was announced shortly after Banon's lawyer, David Koubbi, said he will file the criminal complaint Tuesday with prosecutors, who will determine whether there is enough evidence to file charges.

Missing student case: An autopsy Tuesday may shed some light on the case of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.

The autopsy will be conducted on a decomposing female body found in a creek Monday north of Indianapolis, CNN affiliates reported.

Bloomington police have been searching for Spierer, 20, since June 2, when she was last seen leaving a sports bar in the city after a night out with friends.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Diether

    We have not been having such problems in my country.
    You should have more care from your engineers.
    It gives that we as a people are one with nature: Daphne became a tree.
    You can be powerful with oil, and also love your forests with their beings, as we do.
    You must plan carefully, be wise, and be strong.
    You would not win another war with us now. You may never win another war, although it gives that you start many wars for your poor-rich greed. You have become weak and dependent.
    We hail intelligence and Haerte.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Teddy Watson

      Wow, you are a nut case. Get some help.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Tha Jackdaw

      I agree that America can't win any more wars, we have become fat and too dependent on others. I am not sure that dancing around a fire and preying to ancient dieties, as you seem to do, will help though. Rome died, Pax Britania faded, America will to. Face the facts, history swallows us all, even the gods we dance to.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • bachmanntwit

      What utter giberish. Did Michele Bachmann write that for you?

      July 5, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • David M.

      Diether: is this supposed to sound enlightened and from someone who is educated? It sounds more like someone on who did a bit too much LSD. Although, you could be an aspiring politician. They are great at producing mindless drivel, just like you did.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dano

    Drill baby drill.........................(RIP to all the delicious Trout)

    July 5, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tha Jackdaw

    Great. More oil being dumped into the envionment. When are we going to get serious about finding alternative energy?

    July 5, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      Well, we've tried coal, but that was too dirty. We tried nuclear and atomic power, but that was too dangerous. We tried solar, hydro, and wind power, but it's too weak to provide the power we need. We tried hydrogen and geothermal power, but it's not cost-effective. I'm thinking we need to put more energy (no pun intended) into fusion research.

      July 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Jackdaw

      I agree. There was an article last week about fusion.


      July 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David M.

    The oil companies have proven beyond any doubt that they can lie more than politicians, and that takes some doing. First we are told it's not all that bad, then we're told it's worse than originaly thought. It's becoming an ecological disaster, again. I'm sure we will hear from the oil executives how it's not their fault. What a bunch of pant loads.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Gene Brady

    The oil companies will find reasons to raise the price of oil to pass this cost on to the people of America. The saddest part is that the people will accept it without a complaint raised.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • David M.

      Oh, we will complain plenty. Congress will hold their usual rounds of 'hearings' and talk tough. But that will be the end of it. At the end of the day, the prices will stay up and big oil will record yet another quarter of record profits.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. just a thought

    A report that read said that these people had been warned in plenty of time that there was weakness in that pipeline and they chose to ignore it, and excused it by saying it was too costly to shutdown. Now it's going to cost them big. I just hope they get their pants fined and sued off them to show what greedy a-dubble-ses they are! It's greed folks, not just politics, and both parties are to blame!

    July 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Then the clean up will be a write off as an expense.

      July 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • rocky

      No, we'll pay for it in the price of fuel!!!!

      July 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
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