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Yellowstone oil spill cleanup will last into fall


BILLINGS — The cleanup of a major oil spill in the Yellowstone River has proven more difficult than expected and could go on for several more months, an Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. executive said Thursday.

Areas hit hardest by the July spill should be cleaned up by the first half of October, company vice president Geoff Craft said. That includes a 20-mile stretch of the Yellowstone stretching from the spill site near Laurel downstream to Billings.

But scattered sites still would need to be dealt with, including contaminated river sections downstream of Billings and two large islands in the...

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