Archive for August 23rd, 2011

Here’s the latest from the Great Falls Tribune: on the oil spill that polluted waterways on the Blackfeet Reservation in northern Montana in July.

By Karl Puckett:

A six-week cleanup of an oil spill on the Blackfeet Reservation is complete with federal regulators planning to visit the site this week.

Up to 20 barrels of oil spilled from a flow line 3 inches in diameter in June and made its way through a ravine to the shores of Cut Bank Creek.

Gabe Renville, owner of Indian Country Environmental Associates in Browning, the cleanup contractor hired by pipeline owner FX Energy of Salt Lake City, said the work was finished Sunday.

He’s said the company did a satisfactory job cleaning oil from soil, pools of water and rocks.

“I’m thinking the tribe and EPA will be pretty satisfied, too,” Renville said. “I don’t anticipate any problems.”

Collected from the site were 20 55-gallon barrels of oil/water mixture. That mixture will be recycled by an on-site portable oil/water separator, Renville said.

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A 7 year old girl was one of the three rescued from a plane crash that killed 12 after an Inuit-owned plane crashed in Canada, ICTMN reports.

Two others were pulled from the crash of the Boeing 737 near Resolute Bay. The cause is still under investigation.

Among the rescuers were a group of Joint Task Force North’s Operation Nanook Arctic personnel scheduled to take part in a simulated plane-crash rescue, which was canceled after the wreck.

    En route from Yellowknife, the chartered jet was going to head on to Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island, the Associated Press reported. Instead the plane came down within reach of ATVs, military helicopters and other vehicles. People rushed to the scene and pulled a 23-year-old woman, a 48-year-old man and a seven-year-old girl from the burning craft.

    The man and child were transferred to Ottawa for treatment, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) told reporters on Sunday, while the 23-year-old remained in Iqaluit. All three were in stable condition, police said. The airline was not giving out more information pending notification of kin, and did not release the name of the chartering organization.

Jenna Cederberg