$1.6M Exxon-Montana Oil Spill Settlement Finalized


Salon Staff
March 3, 2012 4:27AM (UTC)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials have finalized a $1.6 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over an oil pipeline break that spilled 1,500 barrels of crude into the scenic Yellowstone River.

The agreement between the Texas-based company and the state Department of Environmental Quality resolves water pollution violations from oil that spread along 70 miles of the river downstream of Laurel.

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Exxon remains on the hook for damages to wildlife and the loss of public access to the river during a five-month cleanup. A joint federal-state investigation to tally those damages is expected to last several more months.

A final determination of what caused the line to break remains pending. The Yellowstone was flooding when the July spill occurred. The pipeline had been installed only a few feet beneath the riverbed.


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