Montana Farmer Says Exxon Refuses to Admit Extent of Damage from Oil Spill Into Yellowstone River July 5, 2011

from Democracy Now! Blog· ·

Click here to see more photos of oil on Alexis Bonogofsky’s land. Family farmer, Alexis Bonogofsky, didn’t get a phone call from ExxonMobil Pipeline Company when its pipeline ruptured Friday night beneath the Yellowstone River, leaking as much as 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the water and onto neighboring land of property owners such as herself. Instead, she discovered "globs of oil" Saturday morning while checking on the flooded pastureland where she grazes her goats. Since then she says company officials have failed to answer her questions about the health and environmental impact of the spill. In a Tuesday …



Click here to see more photos of oil on Alexis Bonogofsky’s land. Family farmer, Alexis Bonogofsky, didn’t get a phone call from ExxonMobil Pipeline Company when its pipeline ruptured Friday night beneath the Yellowstone River, leaking as much as 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the water and onto neighboring land of property owners such as herself. Instead, she discovered "globs of oil" Saturday morning while checking on the flooded pastureland where she grazes her goats. Since then she says company officials have failed to answer her questions about the health and environmental impact of the spill. In a Tuesday evening interview with Democracy Now! Bonogofsky said the damage is extensive where she lives about 10 miles from the rupture, and that she is worried about the diverse wildlife in the area. "Usually when you go down there [near the river] in the evening … all you can hear is amphibians. It’s frogs, it’s toads, a lot of insects, crickets and birds," says Bonogofsky. "Right now you walk down there at dusk and you don’t hear anything."