Oil spill training will be held across central and eastern Montana in coming weeks to help emergency responders deal with events like Exxon Mobil's 2011 pipeline break into the Yellowstone River.
The Texas oil giant is paying for the training as part of its settlement with the state over water pollution violations. Exxon Mobil agreed to pay $1.6 million in cash and other penalties after the 63,000-barrel spill near Laurel fouled dozens of miles of shoreline along the scenic Yellowstone.
The spill training is being conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.
The first session is scheduled for Sept. 23 in Livingston. The training will run through Oct. 5 and also include sessions in Columbus, Billings, Miles City and Glendive.