Restoration on the Yellowstone River – 2011 ExxonMobil Pipeline Company Oil Spill

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In 2011, the Exxonmobil Pipeline Company Silvertip Pipeline crossing the Yellowstone River broke and spilled approximately 63,000 gallons of oil in the Yellowstone River. The July 1, 2011 oil spill occurred close to Laurel, near the peak of a 35-year flood event. In October 2016, the DOI and State of Montana settled with Exxonmobil Pipeline Company for natural resource damages and issued a restoration plan that identifies restoration project types to address the natural resource injuries. Here’s an update on the restoration.

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Alicia has been with the Natural Resource Damage Program for just over 2 ½ years. During that time she has been managing the Yellow-stone Restoration Plan implementation and writing the East Helena Restoration Plan. Before that she worked for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, managing the Reclamation and Development Grants Program. Alicia has two (almost) grown kids, is married to a retired archeologist, and has a Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon and five chickens.