March 26 The U.S. Department of Transportation
has fined Exxon Mobil Corp $1.7 million over pipeline
safety violations relating to a 2011 oil spill in the
Yellowstone River, regulators have said.
Exxon's Silvertip pipeline, which carries 40,000 barrels per
day of crude in Montana, leaked about 1,500 barrels of oil into
the river in July 2011 after heavy flooding in the area.
Exxon has previously said the accident cost the company
about $135 million.
"The risk of flooding on Yellowstone River was a known
threat that could cause the pipe in the river to lose physical
support and potentially rupture," the U.S. Pipeline and
Hazardous Material Safety Administration said in a report on
In January, it said the spill would have been about
two-thirds smaller had company workers responded quickly.
Exxon has 30 days to contest the violations in the notice.
Exxon could not be reached immediately for comment by
Reuters outside of business hours.