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Quick Mends: Oil spill fouls Yellowstone River

Dirty water: An oil spill befouls Yellowstone River. (Courtesy Natural Resources Defense Council)

According to emergency officials, a break in an Exxon oil pipeline caused the spill into the Yellowstone River Friday that has so far spewed thousands of gallons into the water, endangering residents, wild life and, of course, the rainbow trout for which Montana is famous. In fact, trout fishing is a $400 million business in that state.

The spill occurred near Billings, 100 miles below Yellowstone National Park and its prized fishing waters, which draw 11 million visitors a year to a state with a population of just 980,000, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Billings Gazette features updates on the event, while CNN has video coverage.

See you on the river, Jim Burns