Exxon Mobil faces lawsuits over Yellowstone River oil spill

A group of Montana landowners says Exxon should have shut down an unsafe pipeline during last summer’s heavy floods

Exxon Mobil Corp. has become the latest oil company to face litigation this year, after a group of 14 Montana landowners filed a lawsuit claiming that the company was at fault in a spill that sent 1,500 barrels of oil gushing into the Yellowstone River.

The plaintiffs, Montana residents who own property along the waterway, say that the July 2011 spill caused damage to property, livestock operations and nearby wildlife, and resulted in health problems. They are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Alanna Byrne

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