Governor Brian Schweitzer has directed state agencies to continue to do all they can to monitor and assist in the Silvertip Pipeline Incident. ExxonMobile is now estimating between 750 and 1,000 barrels of crude oil was released into the Yellowstone River from an ExxonMobil Company pipeline at Laurel.
"Disaster and Emergency Services, Department of Environmental Quality and other involved state agencies will monitor Exxon Mobile and any other responsible parties until this spill and impacts of this spill are completely cleaned up. The parties responsible will restore the Yellowstone River," said Governor Schweitzer.
The public should contact their local DES offices in their respective counties for reporting about the spill or if they questions or concerns. Citizens who find oil or see damage should call the Exxon Claims Line at 888-382-0043.
The major focus currently is on the south side of the river as most of the spilled product is on that shore, rather than on the north shore. However there are reports of some material on the north bank of the river. Monitoring downstream will continue.
Today, the ExxonMobil Refinery in Billings is transitioning the management of the incident to a Unified Command consisting of the ExxonMobil Pipeline, an EPA On-Scene Coordinator, and a State On-Scene Coordinator
The Incident Command Post is at Coulson Park in Billings, which is also the staging area. The ExxonMobil Emergency Operations Center is at the refinery right now, but will be moved to the Crown Plaza on the second floor and third floors of the facility.
View 07/02/2011 News Release:
* State Disaster and Emergency Services and Other Agencies Responding to Oil Spill in Yellowstone River