Monday, October 31, 2011
Fishing - Region 5
BILLINGS — Recreational access to the Yellowstone River near Laurel will be intermittently limited for 60 to 90 days starting Wednesday while ExxonMobil Pipeline removes a ruptured pipeline.
The company’s Silvertip Pipeline broke July 1 at Laurel, spilling crude oil into the flooding Yellowstone River. ExxonMobil Pipeline has since replaced the line with a pipe buried more than 40 feet below the river bed.
ExxonMobil Pipeline divers and workers will started removing the broken pipe Wednesday and continue to work in the area until late January.
To ensure the safety of the public as well as workers and divers, recreational access to the river and shoreline near Riverside Park in Laurel will be intermittently restricted. Warning flags and buoys will be posted and patrol boats will stay upstream and downstream from the work site during times when public access is restricted. Informational signs will be posted at East Bridge, Duck Creek and Buffalo Mirage fishing access sites.
Additional information about the extent and time of restrictions is available by calling ExxonMobil Pipeline at (406) 969-1751.