Dear Chairman Mica and Chairman Shuster:
Thank you for honoring my request to hold a hearing on the ExxonMobil pipeline spill in the Yellowstone River.
As you know, since the oil spill took place on July 2, government authorities, ExxonMobil and concerned Montanans have been working to clean up the crude oil that was released from the Silvertip pipeline into the Yellowstone River. Given that your committee has jurisdiction over the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PMHSA), I believe this hearing will help answer Montanan's questions about what caused the spill and how we can prevent an accident like this from occurring again.
Given the overwhelming concern in Montana about this oil spill, I urge you to also invite Montana's senators, Sen. Max Baucus and Sen. Jon Tester, to testify at the hearing. It's going to take the effort of the entire Montana delegation working together to ensure Montana does not suffer any additional short term or long term impacts from this spill. Like me, they have been hearing from Montanans and should have valuable information to share.
Thank you for your consideration of my request. I look forward to participating in the hearing.