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EPA says Yellowstone River cleanup will take more people as receding waters show more oil
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) ' Federal officials say Exxon Mobil Corp. will have to bring in more people to mop up oil from a pipeline that broke underneath the Yellowstone River as receding floodwaters reveal new areas of contamination.
The pipeline leaked an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil into the flooding river on July 1. Hundreds of logjams and debris piles, many coated in a layer of drying crude, now litter the banks of the Yellowstone.
Craig Myers with the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday the piles will have to be pulled apart, run through wood-chippers and hauled away. He says that will take more people from Exxon Mobil than the current 750.
Also Friday, state officials said fish caught from the Yellowstone between Park City and Custer should not be eaten pending tests for toxins.