New trails, other recreational features to be built along Yellowstone River as part of $2.3M oil spill deal

New trails, other recreational features to be built along Yellowstone River as part of $2.3M oil spill deal

News Type: State Source: Helena Independent Record
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New trails, fishing sites and other recreational features will be built along Montana’s Yellowstone River as compensation for damage from an ExxonMobil Corp. pipeline spill, under a plan approved Wednesday by the governor at a ceremonial meeting at Riverfront Park in Billings.

The 63,000-gallon oil spill in 2011 near Laurel damaged thousands of acres along an 85-mile stretch of the famous waterway and required a months-long cleanup.

Exxon in 2016 agreed to pay $12 million for environmental damage, including about $2.3 million for lost recreational opportunities.

The recreation plan includes 19 projects, most of which are based in Laurel and Billings.