Oil Found in Yellowstone River
By: Alfonso Lopez
Summary: Biologists found detectable levels of petroleum in Yellowstone. This is due to a broken pipeline of petroleum near the river. The broken pipeline dumped crude oil into the river. There was no cause of why the pipeline broke. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is advising that all fisherman take caution as the fish might be contaminated. The FWP then tested the fish by catching several species of fish in the river. After being tested, the fish were tested positive for petroleum in their muscle tissue. This is bad news for the ecosystem, as petroleum compounds can also be passed on to fish through the food chain when micro-organisms, insects, worms, crustaceans and other aquatic animals absorb petroleum compounds then are eaten by fish. This can have severe consequences for all the species and local fisheries.
Ethical Viewpoint: The injustice in this news is that a bussiness company's petroleum pipeline broke and the broken pipeline dumped crude oil into the river contaminating both the water and the species. The fish were contaminated which is bad for local fisheries as they cannot fish from that river anymore. Also the crude oil can be passed down to other species as the petroleum can be absorbed which further contaminates the food chain for all species. This severely affects everybody as fisheries cannot fish and this could lead to the river be polluted even in the future.
Question: What steps do you think can be taken to prevent this incident as now Yellowstone river and its species are contaminated for the near future.
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