IFAI suppliers list available for Exxon Yellowstone River oil spill

IFAI is a ready-made network to plug into for containment and ecological protection to aid in a coordinated response plan. The attached list is a directory of resources for oil containment and cleanup. Click here to access supplier list.

The Industrial Fabrics Association International represents manufacturers of oil containment boom and other specialty fabrics for oil spill cleanup and protective apparel for workers. Our members are suppliers of the specialty fabric and other components that go into making oil boom; manufacturers of the machinery to produce it; and also the manufacturers of the end products. 

In addition to oil containment and sorbent boom, our members also produce shelters for onsite/remote area workers such as tents, canopies for shade, hazmat apparel and many other components surrounding diasater recovery and clean-up efforts--as they did recently during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Haiti earthquake and many others.

Exxon Montana pipeline oil spill - what happened

On July 2, an oil pipeline in Laurel, Montana, ruptured, releasing an estimated 42,000 gallons (approx. 1,000 barrels) of oil into the longest undammed river in the U.S.. the Yellowstone. Known as the Silvertip Pipeline, it is a 12-inch pipeline approximately 69 miles in length and it transports crude oil from the Silvertip station in Elk Basin, Wyoming, to an ExxonMobil Refinery in Billings, Montana.

The cause of the pipeline failure remains under investigation, but the prevailing theory is that the raging river eroded the riverbed and exposed the line to damaging debris. There are 88 such pipelines that cross major and minor rivers in the state, and Governor Schweitzer has ordered a review of all pipelines to avoid another disaster.

Oil has fouled miles of the waterway that flows from the famed Yellowstone National Park, 100 miles upriver from the spill, and across farmlands and prized fishing grounds, to North Dakota. Officials say that Yellowstone National Park will not be affected. Crude has been reported as far as 240 miles downstream, although most appears to be concentrated in the first 25 miles.

ExxonMobil is coordinating a unified command response with:
- The Environmental Protection Agency
- The Montana Department of Environmental Quality
- Montana Disaster and Emergency Services
- U.S. Department of the Interior
- U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety    
   Administration
- Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
- Yellowstone County Disaster and Emergency Services
- Yellowstone County commissioners

From ExxonMobil press releases:

  • A unified command has been established to manage response activities, including recovering oil, monitoring air and water quality, and addressing questions from local residents.
  • More than 440 people are now involved in the response and cleanup effort including ExxonMobil's North America Regional Response Team, the Clean Harbors and ER oil spill response organizations and additional contractors. More than 150 people cleaned up oil along the river banks today (July 4th).
  • More than 76,000 feet of absorbent boom is on site, with more than 6,000 feet deployed to clean up oil adjacent to the river. More than 3,300 absorbent pads are on site with more than 1,500 deployed.

Press Coverage:
View Exxon Yellowstone River oil spill photo gallery.

Floodwater carries oil along Yellowstone's banks.  

Yellowstone Spill: "This couldn't have happened at a worse time."

Exxon says Montana pipeline repairs to take weeks. 

U.S. Dept. of Transportation directs ExxonMobil to make pipeline safety improvements to Silvertip Pipeline.

Oil spill prompts governor's visit to Laurel.  

ExxonMobil pipeline company continues cleanup operations in Montana.

For additional information on IFAI resources contact:

JoAnne Ferris, Director of Marketing
jferris@ifai.com  |  651 225 6923
Juli Case, Information/Technical Services
jcase@ifai.com  |  651 225 6935

During the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill our industry stepped forward to provide vital resources in response to the desperate call for help in the Gulf:

• Innovative applications such as green solution/absorbent fabrics to soak up oil and dispersants

• Millions of feet of fabric boom containment systems that prevented damage to shorelines and ecosystems

• Temporary structures for contract workers cleaning the marshes

• Shade protection on Vessels of Opportunity for workers laying the oil boom out on the water in stifling heat

• Personal flotation devices

• Protective apparel for workers cleaning the beaches

• Geosynthetic landfill liners

• Huge bulk containment sandbag barriers protecting the shores

BP Oil Spill Statistics - Deepwater Horizon Gulf Spill Numbers