Friday, July 8, 2011

Exxon says PHMSA's Silvertip Pipeline restart plan could take weeks

HOUSTON, Texas - Exxon Mobil Corp. said on July 6 it could take weeks to set up a plan to restart its Montana pipeline that leaked crude into the Yellowstone River on July 1.

"The restoration of the line is not the primary focus. It's not something that is going to happen in the next day or week or couple of weeks," said Gary Pruessing, president of Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co.

The pipeline delivers oil to Exxon's 60,000 barrel-a-day Billings refinery, which is adjacent to the Yellowstone River. The facility processes crude oil from Wyoming and Alberta into gasoline and ultra-low-sulfur diesel.

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