December 2011, Vol. 238 No. 12

In The News

ExxonMobil Expects Montana Spill To Cost $135 Million

ExxonMobil said last month it expects its response to the July oil spill into the Yellowstone River in Montana will cost about $135 million. ExxonMobil said it has reached compensation agreements with more than 95% of property owners affected by the spill, which released about 1,000 barrels of crude oil into the river. The leak occurred July 1 on the Silvertip pipeline, in a section that ran under the Yellowstone River and carried crude oil to refineries in Billings. Raging high water from a season of heavy rains and record snowmelt appear to have played a role in causing the pipeline break, but a definitive cause has not been found, Richard Opper, director of the Montana Depart

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