Heavier Crude Traveled Through Ruptured Montana Pipeline

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ExxonMobil confirmed today that a heavier and more toxic crude regularly traveled through a pipeline that failed two weeks ago, sending brown ooze into Montana's Yellowstone River.

An Exxon spokesperson said the Silvertip pipeline carried tar sands crude from Alberta, Canada, a synthetic petroleum that contains more toxic components than the sweet, or low-sulfur, crude that Exxon and government regualtors initially said flowed in the Silvertip.

A section of the 69-mile long Silvertip pipeline ruptured July 1 and released what Exxon estimated was 42,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone, west of Billings.

Oil in Montanas Yellowstone River
  • NWF's Alexis Bonogofsky
  • Oil in Montana's Yellowstone River.