The oil is flowing from the source to the river over a distance of approximately one mile.

Exxon was quick to fix the pipe itself. Buried about ten feet down. No barricades or protections for passers by puddled oil and oil soaked soil abound. The oil has so soaked the soil that the person examining the pipe is overwhelmed by the stench of oil.

Further from the pipe repair oil flows down a coulee of wetland grasses now marinading in oil. At one point where the terrain forms a natural pooling spot the oil has four or so Exxon 'paper towels' weighted down with stones covering less than 20% of the pool.

This pool leads to a creek that now has standing ponds of oil.

The creek ponds of oil have an occasional 'paper towel' but it isn't until the camera reaches the approach to the river itself that clean up crews can be located.

Exxon reported 420 gallons, a number that appears contrived to me looking at the extensive ecological damage.

The corporation’s reports are false. How can 420 gallons of oil travel a mile through a wheat field into a wetland, down a winding ravine and into a river?

It was much much larger. We also do not know when it began, but we know it was three weeks ago was when it was first reported.

A break in an oil collection pipeline on the eastern prairie of the Blackfeet Reservation approximately 5 miles from the town of Cutbank has led to a flood of crude that has been flowing approximately one mile over land and into the Cutbank river.

Originally posted to Horace Boothroyd III on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM PDT.

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