Humane Society teams up with other groups to address Yellowstone oil spill
Jul 22, 2011
The Humane Society of the United States reported that it is cleaning up the Yellowstone River oil spill along with Exxon Mobile, the International Bird Rescue and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The spill, which was caused by a pipeline rupture on July 1, has spilled an estimated 1,000 barrels of oil into the Montana river, harming multiple species of animals there, the AP reports.
Various birds and fish have been affected, including a bald eagle, but rescuers have also found a fox and a beaver. The FWS told the news source that 19 oiled animals had been seen but not captured, and crews had collected 10 dead animals for analysis.
HSUS reports that the impact of the spill to area wildlife has been minimal. However, the organization will continue to monitor and assist the impacted wildlife and will spread awareness about oil spills around the region.
The HSUS urges Exxon to establish a wildlife damage mitigation fund in order to handle potential spills in the future that could negatively impact the environment or wildlife.