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Federal inspectors find pipelines in Montana, Wyoming at risk of failure along river crossings
HELENA, Mont. (AP) ' Federal safety regulators say they have found pipelines carrying oil and other hazardous liquids at risk of failure at seven major river crossings in Montana and hundreds of smaller crossings in Montana and northern Wyoming.
Chris Hoidal with the U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that erosion had exposed the lines or left them buried under minimal cover across the Missouri, Musselshell, Gallatin and other rivers.
He says the problems along the major rivers must be fixed by spring or the companies that own the lines will face enforcement actions.
Federal inspectors working with state officials surveyed the crossings after an Exxon Mobil pipeline break in July spilled an estimated 1,000 barrels of crude into the Yellowstone River.
Hoidal says information on the smaller crossings still is under analysis.