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Montana, feds to seek damages in Exxon crude spill into Yellowstone

Montana and federal officials tell Exxon Mobil (XOM) they will seek damages for injuries to birds, fish and other natural resources from a crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River two years ago.

XOM's Silvertip pipeline broke near Laurel during flooding in July 2011, releasing 63K gallons of oil that washed up along an 85-mile stretch of the river.

XOM has told regulators it spent $135M on the cleanup and related repair work; separate fines totaling $3.4M for safety and water pollution violations already have been resolved or are pending before state and federal agencies.

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