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.

FWP Oil Found in Yellowstone River Fish Near Spill - Flathead Beacon." Flathead Beacon. N.p., 20 Feb. 2015. Web. 13 Mar. 2015.

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2 years ago
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They should try to figure out why there is petroleum within these fish and look to build more efficient pipelines that will contain the oil.

2 years ago
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I think these companies should be responsible for checking the pipelines periodically to make sure there are not fractures that could potentially become full out leaks.

2 years ago
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The pipelines should be strengthened and inspected more often to prevent these types of situations again.

2 years ago
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Stronger pipelines to prevent accidents from happening.

2 years ago
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Chemical and scientific cleanup measures need to be taken rights own to clean up the river. In order to make pipeline breaks less common, we need to also fund for better pipelines or just not put oil pipelines near mass water sources.

2 years ago
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The pipeline needs to be fixed or moved away further from the river. Due to the carelessness of the company, a whole ecosystem might be ruined. Also, a clean up needs to happen to get rid of the oil in the river.

2 years ago
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The river needs to cleaned up and the pipelines should be monitored and built to avoid such accidents

2 years ago
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These companies need to stop building their stupid pipelines next to large bodies of water that many people rely on. When they do break, the company never takes responsibility.

2 years ago
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Pipelines should not be built near water sources, or there should be stricter legislation regarding pipelines near water. The oil company should pay to clean up the river and follow through to make sure that the damage to ecosystems is minimized.

2 years ago
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Oil companies need to have strict guidelines to keep their pipelines up to par.