Gov cuts ties to oil spill command post
The state of Montana has cut its ties to a joint Exxon Mobil-government command post overseeing an oil spill along the Yellowstone river, after the state's Democratic governor said the group was defying state open government laws by denying public access.
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#1 Jul 9, 2011
Montana, Exxon Mobil split over river oil spill
By MATTHEW BROWN
BILLINGS, Mont.(AP)- Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has decided Exxon Mobil and the state don't make good roommates after nearly a week of working together in close quarters to clean up an estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil released into the Yellowstone River.
State officials have moved out of a joint command post overseeing the response to the spill - a mess that has painted a fresh target for scorn on one of the world's largest energy companies.
Security guards working for Exxon Mobil Corp. have closely guarded access to the command post on the second floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings, where the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies also are stationed. Attempts by The Associated Press to talk to government officials there in the first days after the spill were denied.
Gov Schwetizer made the right call in dismissing those under his State Authority away from those guilty. Admitted guilt and guile in committing a crime does not mix with those empowered to enforce the law.
BP did the same thing in the Gulf Oil Spill. That has proven to be the worst oil spill in USA history. At that time BP was doing the same things that Exxon Mobil has tried to do in Montana.
Hats off to Gov Schweitzer may our other States Governors do the same thing.
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