Yellowstone River Oil Spill
In two laboratories on Billings' South Side, tissue samples taken from fish netted in the area of the Yellowstone River oil spill near Glendive are being analyzed to determine their exposure to the toxic hydrocarbons.
ExxonMobil Corp. is challenging $1.7 million in penalties proposed by federal safety regulators who faulted the oil company over a 63,000-gallon crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River, according to documents released Monday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Federal officials say a report that found ExxonMobil Corp. took "reasonable precautions" to address flooding that triggered an oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River did not reflect the government's final determination in the case.
Federal regulators proposed $1.7 million in civil penalties against Exxon Mobil Corp. on Monday for safety violations linked to a pipeline rupture that spilled an estimated 63,000 gallons of crude oil into Montana's scenic Yellowstone River.
A state panel created to help prevent a repeat of last year's oil spill into the Yellowstone River is calling for pipeline technology upgrades by companies and more money for government inspectors.
UPDATE 12:15 p.m. ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. has experts coming from across the country to clean up crude oil that spilled into the Yellowstone River, the company's president said Sunday during a midmorning press conference at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Billings.
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