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Environmental Contaminants Specialists Respond to Montana Oil Spill

Date Posted: July 18, 2011

Office of Environmental Contaminants personnel from seven states are contributing to the Silvertip Pipeline oil spill response on the Yellowstone River in Montana. Service responders are working within Wildlife Operations by conducting aerial wildlife surveys; embedding with cleanup crews as Resource Advisors; and overseeing Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique teams. These efforts of responders are crucial to successfully locating, capturing and rehabilitating fish and wildlife affected by the spill while ensuring responsible cleanup of affected areas occurs without causing unnecessary damage to wildlife habitat. More than ten Service personnel with backgrounds in environmental contaminants, toxicology and wildlife biology have contributed to the overall response effort since ExxonMobil Pipeline Company's pipeline broke July 1. To report potentially oiled wildlife, please call 1-800-259-0596.

Contacts:

Leith Edgar - Public Affairs Specialist
Mountain-Prairie Region, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
(303) 236-4588

Links:

U.S. EPA Yellowstone River Spill
State of Montana - Yellowstone River Spill
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Last updated: February 13, 2013