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A year after spill, life returns to normal for most

A year after spill, life returns to normal for most

Bob Castleberry talks about the floods that washed away the south bank of the Yellowstone River, bringing the river 200 feet closer to his home off North River Road.

The Webbers' ranch house on River Road just east of Laurel is maybe three-quarters of a mile from the banks of the Yellowstone River.

In the early summer sunshine, the place is quiet and inviting. Small clouds of insects hum over the deep green grazing pastures stretching out behind the house. Beyond the fields, the river blinks and shimmers through lines of massive, aging gray-green cottonwood trees.

Gerry Webber, standing on her porch recently, talked about how different it all was a year ago.

"The night it happened the smell woke us up," she said. "It was so strong."

Late on the evening of July 1, 2011, ExxonMobil's Silvertip pipeline, buried just below the Yellowstone riverbed, was torn apart by debris coursing down the flooded, swollen, fast-moving river.

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Yellowstone River cleanup cost tops $135 million

Yellowstone River cleanup cost tops $135 million

The cleanup of the Yellowstone River after last year's oil spill, and the effort to rebury the broken pipeline, cost the ExxonMobil Pipeline C…

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Montana DEQ signs cleanup deal with ExxonMobil; $1.06 million transferred to state

Montana DEQ signs cleanup deal with ExxonMobil; $1.06 million transferred to state

The public comment period has ended and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has signed its $1.06 million agreement with ExxonMobil…

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Lawsuit over Exxon spill sent back to state court

A federal judge has returned to state court a lawsuit by Montana landowners whose property was contaminated with crude oil from a broken Exxon…

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Feds: Few pipeline plans account for river risks

Feds: Few pipeline plans account for river risks

Federal officials investigating a pipeline break that spilled 1,500 barrels of oil into a Montana river said Wednesday that few companies take…

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Exxon reaches $1.6M Montana oil spill settlement

Exxon reaches $1.6M Montana oil spill settlement

A state official says Exxon Mobil has agreed to $1.6 million in penalties to settle water pollution violations from a major oil pipeline break…

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Exxon increases estimate of Yellowstone River oil spill by 50%

Exxon increases estimate of Yellowstone River oil spill by 50%

ExxonMobil agreed Thursday to pay the state of Montana $1.6 million in penalties over water pollution caused by a pipeline break last July tha…

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Exxon has finished pulling busted pipe from under the Yellowstone

Nearly six months after the Silvertip pipeline failed, dumping 42,000 gallons of medium crude into the Yellowstone River, the broken section o…

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Exxon crew still working on pulling broken pipe from under the Yellowstone

Continuing a process that began at the end of October, crews working for the ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. are still pulling parts of the broken Sil…

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Pipelines at risk of failure in Montana, Wyoming

Pipelines at risk of failure in Montana, Wyoming

HELENA — Federal safety regulators disclosed problems Tuesday with oil and other hazardous liquid pipelines at seven major river crossings and…

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Oil-fouled logjam from ExxonMobil spill torched along Yellowstone River

Oil-fouled logjam from ExxonMobil spill torched along Yellowstone River

State workers set fire to an oil-tainted logjam on an island along the Yellowstone River on Tuesday, the last of dozens of debris piles smeare…

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Exxon begins process to extract broken pipeline from the Yellowstone

Exxon begins process to extract broken pipeline from the Yellowstone

ExxonMobil pipeline workers were in the Yellowstone River on Monday preparing to extract the broken portion of the Silvertip pipeline that rup…

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Exxon readies to pump oil again through repaired pipeline

Exxon readies to pump oil again through repaired pipeline

The ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. has received all the permits needed to restart the flow of oil through its Silvertip pipeline, which broke July 1 …

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Rupture investigation will speed up once pipeline is pulled from Yellowstone

Rupture investigation will speed up once pipeline is pulled from Yellowstone

Once the ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. removes the broken Silvertip pipeline from the Yellowstone River the investigation into why it ruptured will …

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New Exxon pipeline reaches 70 feet below Yellowstone

Drilling continues on ExxonMobil's repair of the Silvertip pipeline below the Yellowstone River and the depth of the new pipe may reach 70 feet.

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ExxonMobil seeks OK to remove failed Silvertip pipeline from Yellowstone River

ExxonMobil seeks OK to remove failed Silvertip pipeline from Yellowstone River

Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. is seeking permission from Montana officials to remove a ruptured oil pipeline that spilled tens of thousands of gall…

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EPA passing lead on Exxon spill cleanup to Montana

EPA passing lead on Exxon spill cleanup to Montana

The Environmental Protection Agency could relinquish its lead role overseeing Exxon Mobil's oil spill into the Yellowstone River by the end of…

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Photo shows broken Silvertip pipeline in Yellowstone River

Photo shows broken Silvertip pipeline in Yellowstone River

Despite a new image showing the broken Silvertip pipeline just below the surface of the Yellowstone River, federal investigators still have no…

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Oil-spill cleanup reaching turning point, county commissioners told

Cleanup of the oil spill on the Yellowstone River will soon reach a turning point, the Yellowstone County commissioners learned at their meeti…

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Landowners, officials meet on Yellowstone oil spill

Landowners, officials meet on Yellowstone oil spill

Landowners along the Yellowstone River affected when ExxonMobil’s Silvertip pipeline burst on July 1 and dumped 42,000 gallons of medium crud…

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Bald eagle fouled by ExxonMobil spill doing well

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official says a bald eagle that was partially covered in oil from an Exxon Mobil pipeline break into the Yell…

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2 months out, oil cleanup progresses steadily along the Yellowstone

2 months out, oil cleanup progresses steadily along the Yellowstone

LAUREL -- As the sun rose on July 2, it showed the borrow pits running along either side of Thiel Road choked with black crude riding atop riv…

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Exxon has permission to drill replacement pipeline

Exxon has permission to drill replacement pipeline

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation issued a temporary construction permit Friday to ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. to begin…

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DNRC grants permit for Exxon pipeline replacement

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation issued a temporary construction permit Friday to ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. to begin…

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Yellowstone River fish safe after pipeline break, but some oil found

Yellowstone River fish safe after pipeline break, but some oil found

Fish exposed to an Exxon Mobil Corp. oil spill into the Yellowstone River are safe to eat despite some crude found in their internal organs, s…

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ExxonMobil estimates Yellowstone River oil spill will cost $42M

ExxonMobil estimates Yellowstone River oil spill will cost $42M

Cleaning up tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil that spilled from a pipeline and fouled a stretch of Montana's renowned Yellowstone Rive…

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Reps. Rehberg and Shuster tour Yellowstone River oil spill site

Reps. Rehberg and Shuster tour Yellowstone River oil spill site

The idea was to use the ExxonMobil oil spill along the Yellowstone River as an object lesson.

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Exxon gives $300K to Laurel for new levee

Exxon gives $300K to Laurel for new levee

LAUREL -- It seems Mayor Ken Olson finally got his help.

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Yellowstone River oil spill cleanup will last into fall

Yellowstone River oil spill cleanup will last into fall

The cleanup of a major oil spill in the Yellowstone River has proven more difficult than expected and could go on for several more months, an …

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Last day to comment on temporary construction permit for Exxon's new pipeline

One of the first steps in ExxonMobil Pipeline Co.’s move to drill a new pipeline under the Yellowstone River wraps up Wednesday.

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Soil, water sample results delivered to landowners affected by oil spill

The Environmental Protection Agency, which completed sampling soil and water on 40 properties along the Yellowstone River after the July 1 oi…

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Sampling results from oil spill show expected results

State and federal sampling results of oil that spilled into the Yellowstone River last month from a pipeline break near Laurel showed no surpr…

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Governor's panel will examine pipelines at river crossings in Montana

HELENA — In the wake of last month's 50,000-gallon oil spill from a pipeline in the Yellowstone River, a new council created by Gov. Brian Sch…

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Permit process moves forward on ExxonMobil pipeline repair

Permit process moves forward on ExxonMobil pipeline repair

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. is working with state and federal agencies to get the needed permission to replace its ruptured pipe under the Yellows…

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Coalition of conservation groups seeks greater oversight, accountability for oil pipelines

Coalition of conservation groups seeks greater oversight, accountability for oil pipelines

A coalition of conservation groups called for greater transparency and accountability by ExxonMobil on Monday, one month after a pipeline fai…

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Results expected soon from oil-tainted soil sample tests

Results expected soon from oil-tainted soil sample tests

The Environmental Protection Agency has conditionally singed off on ExxonMobil's work plan for clean up of the July 1 oil spill in the Yellows…

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EPA gives initial OK for Exxon's Montana spill plan

EPA gives initial OK for Exxon's Montana spill plan

Exxon Mobil has received preliminary approval for its plan to clean up tens of thousands of gallons of oil that spilled from a broken pipeline…

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Local workers aid oil spill cleanup crews

Local workers aid oil spill cleanup crews

Last summer, Erika Nyquist -- a University of Montana student -- got certified to handle hazardous materials and headed down to Louisiana to f…

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State council to look at Montana's pipeline failure risk

An oil pipeline safety council created by Governor Brian Schweitzer after a major Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spill into the Yellowstone River …

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Boaters asked to stay away from oil spill on Yellowstone River

Boaters asked to stay away from oil spill on Yellowstone River

While cleanup of spilled oil along the Yellowstone River continues, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is advising recreational boaters to stay …

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New pipeline safety council meets Monday

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'No-Race Race' to raise money for trail restoration

'No-Race Race' to raise money for trail restoration

Planning began in January for this year’s Yellowstone Riverfest, a series of canoe and mountain bike races in Riverfront Park and on nearby N…

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Oil spill work continues while frustration mounts on slow sample testing

Oil spill work continues while frustration mounts on slow sample testing

The number of workers on the oil spill site along the Yellowstone River has now ballooned to 890.

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Oil cleanup efforts slowly moving downriver

Oil cleanup efforts slowly moving downriver

Maps released by the Environmental Protection Agency show oil cleanup along the Yellowstone River moving slowly downstream.

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Spilled crude will break down over time

Long after the Yellowstone River cleanup ends, there will likely be crude oil residue balled up on the river bottom and traces of the black b…

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FWP issues fish-consumption advisory for spill area

People who have caught fish in the Yellowstone River in the area of the July 1 oil spill should be cautious about eating them, says the Montan…

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Boaters wrap up survey of Yellowstone oil spill

Boaters wrap up survey of Yellowstone oil spill

Almost one week and 130 miles after putting into the Yellowstone River, a small group of boaters on Friday completed its independent survey o…

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Landowners along river weary, hopeful of cleanup efforts

Landowners along river weary, hopeful of cleanup efforts

Crouching down under a grove of underbrush, geologist Charlie Peterson stuffed three little brown glass jars with black mud taken near the ban…

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Spilled oil estimate could change

The estimated amount of oil dumped into the Yellowstone River on July 1 when an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured could increase by 200 barrels, t…

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Exxon finishes cleaning first 4 sites in river spill

Exxon finishes cleaning first 4 sites in river spill

ExxonMobil has finished cleaning four sites of crude oil along the Yellowstone River and government regulators now will be tasked with going i…

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Exxon oil spill highlights gaps in oversight of nation's pipelines

Exxon oil spill highlights gaps in oversight of nation's pipelines

Three weeks after a broken ExxonMobil pipeline spilled 1,000 barrels of oil into the Yellowstone River, federal officials remain unsure how ma…

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