Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Exxon Mobil reaches $1.6M oil spill settlement with Montana

billings, mont.

exxon reaches $1.6M oil spill settlement

Exxon Mobil agreed Thursday to pay Montana $1.6 million in penalties over water pollution caused by a pipeline break last summer that fouled dozens of miles of shoreline along the scenic Yellowstone River. Montana Department of Environmental Quality director Richard Opper said the penalty is the largest in the agency's history. Exxon will pay $300,000 in cash and spend $1.3 million on future environmental projects, he said. Exxon also increased by 50 percent Thursday its estimate of how much crude spilled into the river July 1 near Laurel to 1,509 barrels, or more than 63,000 gallons.

nome, alaska

Fuel delivered to iced-in city

A massive effort to pump fuel from a Russian tanker to iced-in Nome is complete, moving more than 1.3 million gallons into the city that faced a shortage after missing its last delivery. The first-of-its-kind endeavor was completed Thursday after a pumping operation that lasted more than 60 hours.

los angeles

Body parts found; police investigating

First there was a head, found inside a plastic grocery bag near a popular hiking trail in the Hollywood Hills on Tuesday. Then Wednesday, one hand was found, then the other. Then two feet. The body parts offered ghastly evidence of a killing that the police said must have occurred in the past few days, and which had 100 officers combing the canyon Thursday for additional parts or clues. Officials said the parts seem to belong to a male age 40 to 60. They're hopeful the victim can be identified through fingerprints.


2 bombs explode in Northern Ireland

Two bombs planted by Irish Republican Army dissidents detonated Thursday night in the Northern Ireland city of Londonderry, but no injuries were reported as police quickly evacuated the area after phoned warnings. IRA splinter groups based in the overwhelmingly Catholic west side of Londonderry have repeatedly targeted local businesses and police stations with homemade bombs. They reject the IRA's 2005 decision to renounce violence and disarm, and insist that Northern Ireland should be ejected from the United Kingdom by force.


Dimock, Pa.: The EPA said Thursday it will deliver fresh water to four homes in a northeastern Pennsylvania village where residential water wells were tainted by a gas driller.

Pakistan: A CIA drone strike in Pakistan's tribal area Jan. 10 killed an al-Qaida operative thought to be planning attacks against the West, a U.S. official confirmed Thursday.

Seattle: An elite mountain rescue team headed up Washington's Mount Rainier on Thursday to search for four people missing several days in a vicious storm.

Times wires

Exxon Mobil reaches $1.6M oil spill settlement with Montana 01/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 11:06pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays exhausted but happy after 15-inning win over Twins (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Before the Rays eventually won Sunday's 6½-hour, 15-inning marathon against the Twins 8-6, they did plenty to lose it. And we need to get that out of the way first.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria enjoys a laugh after scoring, barely, to tie it in the ninth on Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out single.
  2. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  3. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.
  4. South Korea military: North Korea fires unidentified projectile


    SEOUL — North Korea launched a ballistic missile early today that flew 280 miles and landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, the South Korean military and the Japanese government said.

    S. Korean President Moon Jae-in is assessing the launch.
  5. Rays blow lead, rally, blow lead, rally again to beat Twins in 15 (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays sure made it interesting Sunday, taking an early lead, watching their beleaguered bullpen blow it, rallying to tie in the ninth, battling the Twins to take a lead in the 14th then giving it up again.

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 28: Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates scoring a run against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on May 28, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) 700010990