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Jul022011

Ruptured ExxonMobil Pipeline Spills Oil into Yellowstone River

ExxonMobil(BILLINGS, Mont.) -- A ruptured ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (EMPCo) pipeline reportedly sent oil gushing into the Yellowstone River on Saturday.

Company officials say early Saturday morning it was discovered that an “undetermined amount” of crude oil was released into the river from an EMPCo pipeline.

“EMPCo deeply regrets this release and is working hard with local emergency authorities to mitigate the impacts of this release on the surrounding communities and to the environment,” the company said in a press release.

The company said the 12-inch crude pipeline that broke runs from Silver Tip, Mont. to Billings, Mont., and the ruptured line has since been shut down. However, officials could not say what caused the spill.

“At this early stage, we have no information on the cause of the incident, and we are working to determine the amount of oil released,” the company said in its press release.

“We recognize the seriousness of this incident and are working hard to address it. Our principal focus is on protecting the safety and health of the public and our employees. We will, of course, also begin a thorough investigation of the cause of this unfortunate event.”

EMPCo says it has notified the appropriate state and federal authorities, and has also set up a claims number (1-888-382-0043) to assist anyone who might have been affected by the oil spill.

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