Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pipeline Repairs Complete Seven Months After Yellowstone River Spill

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

A full seven months following a rupture of an underwater pipeline that spilled 1,500 barrels of crude oil into the Yellowstone River, ExxonMobil has finally completed $20 million worth of repairs.

Federal investigators are still looking into the July 1, 2011, spill, which sent 42,000 gallons of crude into the river near Laurel, Mont., fouling miles of riverbank. The pipeline was buried just a few feet beneath the river bottom.

ExxonMobil said it had re-drilled sections of the pipe, replacing sections of the line that had sat beneath for more than 20 years.

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