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A contractor for ExxonMobil tends to an oil containment boom along the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., after a pipeline that runs under the river ruptured Saturday July 2, 2011. The pipeline break was contained early Saturday morning but the spill stretched over dozens of miles.

Exxon oil spill in Mont. river prompts evacuations

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LAUREL, Mont. (AP) -- An ExxonMobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River in Montana ruptured Saturday and leaked hundreds of barrels of oil into the waterway, causing a 25-mile plume that fouled the riverbank and forced municipalities and irrigation districts downstream to close intakes.

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