Gallery: Yellowstone Oil Spill Reveals Serious Lack of Oversight in Pip...


Three weeks have passed since an Exxon Mobil pipeline burst, sending 1,000 barrels of oil into the Yellowstone River, and now the incident has brought to light some startling facts. For instance, federal officials really have no idea how many pipelines are buried under our rivers or how far below the ground they sit, which means that they are pretty much clueless about where pipes are carrying hazardous liquids under our waterways. Wonderful. Fearing that another spill is imminent, regulators are scrambling to find out which lines might be in danger, and lawmakers — from both the left and the right — are raising red flags, calling for the need for government regulation in what has been largely a self-regulated industry.

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