Yellowstone River Oil Spill Oversight: Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, July 20, 2011   [open pdf - 785KB]

This testimony compilation is from the July 20, 2011 Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing entitled, "Yellowstone River Oil Spill Oversight". From the Majority Statement of Senator Max Baucus: "Water is our most sacred resource. And oil is our most basic fuel. Montana is rich in pristine waters and rich in energy. But we cannot let them mix. Today, we will examine what happened before, and what happened after the spill--what went right, and what could be improved. Our first priority is getting the spill cleaned up and getting it cleaned up now. So, I want to make sure the Yellowstone is being restored immediately for everyone who depends on it. Just as important is that Montana landowners be made whole. This means a fast and effective claims process. It also means a long-term commitment that Exxon will be there years down the road if the value of Montanans' land remains damaged by this spill. And that commitment must include a plan to compensate our farmers and ranchers for potential long-term impacts on the crops they depend on to earn a living. Finally, we will look for potential lessons to be learned. We will ask tough questions about what happened and whether it could have been prevented." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Max Baucus, James M. Inhofe, Robert Perciasepe, Cynthia Quartermann, Bill Kennedy, Gary W. Pruessing and Scott McBurney.

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