Several articles are relevant-

Oil spill into Montana river raises scrutiny about nation’s pipelines. By Matthew Brown and Garance Burke. Associated Press. It turns out there are many oil pipelines under our rivers, great and small. They are subject to many hazards, and I should add that the House Republicans are busily trying cut the inspection budget.

BLM to check aging oil pipelines on Blackfeet Indian Reservation (Montana) after leak into Cut Bank Creek. Great Falls Tribune.
Utah oil firm says pipeline in Cut Bank oil spill to be removed. Great Falls Tribune. It broke because of shifting ground during spring thaw.

Pipeline Problems: The mess remains one year after Kalamazoo River oil spill. NRDC Switchboard. Henry Henderson’s Blog

Few in U.S. Senate back Keystone XL pipeline. By Joseph Morton. Omaha World Herald. But the crazy House Republicans passed a law urging quick State Department approval.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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July 2011


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey