December 13, 2017

Yellowstone National Park Even Popular with Kate Gosselin and Kate Plus 8

“Mother of eight and star of TLC’s Kate Plus 8, Kate Gosselin recently visited Yellowstone National Park with her little ones and camera crew in tow. While it was the clan’s first visit to the most popular national park in the country, fans of Yellowstone have been enjoying the pristine surroundings and breathtaking attractions in the park for years. In fact, Yellowstone National Park has broken record visitor numbers for the past few years running, as more and more Americans and foreign tourists alike are discovering the beauty of this exquisite area.

Perhaps one of the best known attractions in the park is Old Faithful. Some are surprised to discover that Yellowstone contains nearly 60% of the world’s geysers. Old Faithful, which is located in the portion of the park inside the state of Wyoming, is by far the most popular attraction in Yellowstone. Erupting at intervals ranging from 45 to 125 minutes, Old Faithful is capable of spraying more than 8,000 gallons of water in a single eruption.

In addition to Yellowstone National Park’s geysers, the park is home to several lakes, rivers, and mountain ranges. More than 2,000 camping sites make the park a perfect destination for those who love to enjoy the great outdoors, while a variety of different museums mean the park is also a great place for history lovers to enjoy. There are also many picnicking spots that are equipped with fire gates, picnic tables, and toilets.

Yellowstone is also home to a variety of different stores, most of which cater to the needs of the tourists enjoying the park. There are several gift shops that sell memorabilia that features views of the park, and grocery stores provide supplies for those picnicking and camping in Yellowstone. There are also several stores that provide fishing and recreational gear, for those visitors who are interested in taking advantage of the many recreational activities the park offers.

If you have never before visited Yellowstone, you will be amazed at the many things you can enjoy in this great location. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation filled with leisure time, or are hoping to get down and dirty while fishing and hiking, Yellowstone National Park offers something for everyone. You could be just like Kate Gosselin and her crew, and enjoy all of the attractions Yellowstone has to offer!”

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Kate Gosselin Plus 8 in Yellowstone

Kate Plus Eight Crew Films in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park Official Website

Discover the Attractions of Yellowstone National Park

Explore Wyoming’s Yellowstone Park

Yellowstone Oil Spill

On July 3rd, 2011, an oil spill occurred in the Yellowstone River, Montana. Approximately 42,000 gallons were released through a ruptured pipeline, about 16 miles southwest of Billings. Crews from Exxon Mobil have been surveying the area to determine how far the spill has spread, with Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers claiming that the majority of the oil was confined to within 10 miles of the initial spill.

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The Governor of Montana has disagreed with this estimate, and oil has been reported as far as 100 miles away. Clean up crews are using booms and absorbent material to try and contain the oil, while Exxon Mobil has said it will send a team to aid them. There is a fear that this may affect the fishing industry in the area, as well as the tourism industry. The EPA is working with state agencies and will be testing water, soil and air samples, as well as investigating what exactly caused the spill. Exxon will be held responsible for the cost of the cleanup. The Governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer, is scheduled to tour the affected area today, and will conduct a media briefing along with environmental and disaster response officials.|

Yellowstone National Park Oil Spill

Residents in Montana are angry as fears rise that the weekend oil spill into the Yellowstone River is headed to North Dakota, the L.A. Times reported July 4. High water levels have hindered cleanup efforts as Gov. Brian Schweitezer, a Democrat, tried to assess the extent of the ExxonMobil spill. Residents fear damage to the downstream fisheries and wildlife and have been highly critical of ExxonMobil’s cleanup efforts so far.

Yellowstone National Park Oil Spill

The spill was first detected Friday, July 1, when pressure reading for the pipeline dropped, according Exxon. Workers were able to shut the one-foot pipe within six minutes, according to ExxonMobil. Estimates are that between 750 to 1,000 barrels of oil, or as much as 42,000 gallons, spilled into the Yellowstone River.

Cleanup efforts so far have been led by ExxonMobil contractors, with more than 120 workers devoted to the cleanup, according to an ExxonMobil spokesman. Because of high water lever levels, though, only a few workers were able to lay pads and booms to trap the oil. Fears are that the oil may be seeping under the booms.

Exxon has crews flying over the area and claims the spill is contained within ten miles of the spill, a figure disputed by Gov. Schweitezer.

“Nobody can say definitively, it’s too early. We need boats on the water,” said the governor. Because of the high-water, though, boating is considered unsafe.

Organization efforts have been started by locals residents to demand greater transparency and accountability from ExxonMobil. Alexis Bonogofsky, an area rancher, an her husband Mike Scott, a member of the Sierra Club, blamed the local government for relying too much on ExxonMobil assessments.

“Nobody is telling us what we could have been exposed to,”" said Scott.

Exxon’s Jeffers says that nothing is being withheld from the public and that company tests, including air monitoring readings, have shown no cause for public health concerns.

The pipeline was last inspected by Exxon in 2009, using a robotic device to detect for flaws or corrosion, and was found to be safe. It was temporarily shut down in May when company officials were concerned that seasonal flooding could damage the pipe, but was reopened after an assessment of the line’s safety record. State and company officials speculated that a record rainfall later that month may have damaged the pipe.

Fears now are that the spill could reach the Missouri River in North Dakota. According to Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy, there were reports of oil as far as 100 miles from the site, contradicting Exxon’s figures.