Rising river complicates Exxon oil spill cleanup

LAUREL, MT Officials say rising waters could make it harder for Exxon Mobil Corp. to get to areas damaged by the crude spilled from a company pipeline.

The National Weather Service predicts the swelling river will peak at Billings this afternoon.

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. President Gary Pruessing has promised to do "whatever is necessary" to mop up oil spilled from the duct at the river bottom.

The 12-inch pipeline burst Friday upstream from a refinery in Billings

After downplaying assertions from state and federal officials that damage from the spill was spread over dozens of miles, Exxon Mobil acknowledged under political pressure that the scope of the leak could be greater.

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