Exxon Ordered To Fix Oil Pipeline After Yellowstone Spill

Law360, New York (July 6, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday ordered ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. to make safety improvements to a ruptured pipeline in Montana that dumped about 1,000 barrels of crude oil into the Yellowstone River last week.

The DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said ExxonMobil cannot resume operating the 69-mile pipeline that transports crude oil from the Silvertip pump station near Elk Basin, Wyo., to the company's refinery in Billings, Mont., without written approval from the agency.

"It is our responsibility to ensure pipelines are safely...
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