Blast Environmental and Industrial Services, Inc. – Yellowstone River Oil Spill Response

At approximately 11 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2011, a break occurred in a 12-inch pipeline under the Yellowstone River 20 miles upstream from Billings, Montana. The ruptured pipeline is owned by ExxonMobil Pipeline Company. According to the company, an estimated 1,000 barrels of oil entered the river before the pipeline was closed. EPA is leading the response in close coordination with the state of Montana and other federal agencies.

Blast Environmental and Industrial Services, Inc. located in League City, Texas deployed a dozen men from the Houston area to the spill site to conduct cleanup and remediation services along the impacted areas of the Yellowstone River. Blast contracted with First In Rescue, Safety and Training, LLC. (F.I.R.S.T.) to conduct a HAZWOPER refresher course for all responders prior to departure to Montana and assisting in the spill response effort. “All of our personnel are safety trained and HAZWOPER trained for the type work we perform throughout the Petrochem and Oil and Gas industries,” commented Sam Gonzales, President of Blast. “As emergency responders in a spill response, everyone has to know the hazards you are dealing with and keep themselves and their co-workers safe at all times,” Gonzales continued.

Blast personnel engaged in cleanup and shoreline assessment efforts by distributing and collecting absorbent pads and boom. Over 1000 responders made up Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) teams that assessed more than 6,500 acres.

Blast Environmental and Industrial Services, Inc. is a full service contractor with expertise in high pressure hydro blasting and cleaning, vacuum truck services, environmental services and emergency response services.

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