Wednesday, July 27, 2011
What happened and why it matters. A lot.
"What happened was this: On the second of July, at the height of its runoff, the Yellowstone River scoured out a 12-inch crude oil pipeline that had been trenched beneath the river bottom.
The pressure of the water ruptured the pipe, sending a gush of oil downriver.
By the time somebody at ExxonMobil noticed the leak, an hour later, 42,000 gallons of oil had been carried downstream with the flooding waters."
The rest of Kevin Canty's elegant, heart-wrenching article.