Exxon Agrees to Pay $12 Million for Yellowstone Oil Spill

Yellowstone River near Livingston, Montana by Tim Evanson [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Yellowstone River near Livingston, Montana by Tim Evanson [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

ExxonMobil has agreed with state and federal regulators to pay $12 million in fines relating to environmental damage caused by a 2011 crude oil spill in Montana’s Yellowstone River.

The spill that took place upstream of Billings, Montana occurred during flooding on the Yellowstone. It leaked 63,000 gallons of crude oil into the river, damaged an 85-mile stretch of the river, and killed fish and wildlife.

After investigations, PHMSA concluded that Exxon workers had failed to take appropriate measures following warnings that the pipeline was at risk from flooding on the Yellowstone River.

On top of the agreed $12 million for damages, Exxon may also be fined for pollution violations.

The company has already spent $135 million on cleanup operations and repairs, and it previously paid $2.6 million for safety violations and state pollution violations.

Source:
Houston Chronicle