Oil Pipelines Unsafe, Congress Must Improve Safety Shortcoming NWF Tells House Panel

Spills are far too frequent, better pipeline safety legislation is urgently needed

07-14-2011 // Tony Iallonardo
Doug Inkley of NWF shakes hands with Rep Corrine Brown

In the wake of yet another tragic oil spill, NWF Senior Scientist Doug Inkley did his best to impress upon a House pipelines subcommittee that spills are far too frequent and better pipeline safety legislation is urgently needed.  

“Montana’s people, fish, and wildlife didn’t deserve this oil spill in the Yellowstone River, but they do deserve a better response from ExxonMobil and the federal government,” Dr. Inkley testified in a hearing that included testimony from Exxon and the government’s chief pipeline safety official.

Read the full testimony

Rep. Corrine Brown (right), ranking Democrat on the House Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials later invited Dr. Inkley to work the with committee in shaping good reform legislation.

Including the Gulf oil disaster and Michigan’s Kalamazoo River oil spill, the Yellowstone River spill becomes America’s third major oil disaster in just the last 15 months. As the National Wildlife Federation has documented, oil and gas disasters are tragically common.

Now the oil industry wants to build a new pipeline crossing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The Keystone XL pipeline would carry tar sands, one of the dirtiest fuels on the planet.

The Obama administration hasn’t yet given final approval to the pipeline, which means we still have a chance to protect our public water supplies, crop lands, wildlife habitats.

Please take a moment right now to ask President Obama to say ‘no’ to risky tar sands pipelines.

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