Yet another oil spill has occurred this time it happened in northwestern Montana, even worse the oil company failed to report the spill. Almost a month went by before a neighboring landowner discovered the spill.
On Saturday, July 2, an exposed portion of an Exxon-Mobil pipeline ruptured, spilling an unknown volume of oil into the Yellowstone River, 10 miles west of Billings, Montana. The spill coated parts of the river that flow past the town of Laurel, population about 6500; approximately 140 people were immediately evacuated from the area due to fears of a possible explosion.Government and company experts at the scene continue to monitor the situation for health risks.
TreeHugger had an extremely disturbing piece on mass penguin deaths occurring year after year off the coast of Argentina recently. Every year, hundreds or thousands of penguins wash up on the shores of Argentina covered in oil. Most of the time, no one seems to have a clue as to how they got covered in oil. The only guesses people venture (often biologists) is that there was an oil spill somewhere.
But where? And why every single year?
Over one year since the horrible BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, media attention on the matter has waned, politicians have gone back to their old ways, and oil companies.. well, you know what they do (all while residents and wildlife are still being tremendously harmed by the disaster). But many (beyond those clearly harmed) have not forgotten and have been continuously working to prevent another such disaster in the Gulf of Mexico or anywhere else in the United States.
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Other than the 50+ stories we covered in the past week, here are 15 more green stories I thought were worth a share:
A year on from the catastrophic explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and news still abounds regarding the cause and affect the spill has had on the region and its inhabitants, human and otherwise.
Some Louisiana residents and oil spill activists fed up with BP oil spill inaction recently walked to Washington, D.C. from their home state of Louisiana to try to get Congress, the Obama administration, and BP to do more in response to the BP oil spill and its effects on their lives and communities.
Last week, Joe Romm did a nice little round-up of recent articles about the BP oil spill disaster — on what we’ve learned (or not learned) and where things are today. Following up on my post earlier today on that, here are a number of great quotes from around that I’m cribbing from Joe’s piece (emphasis added)….