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Protestors Rally Against ExxonMobil

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Some Billings residents want ExxonMobil to pay up after a pipeline ruptured beneath the Yellowstone River two years ago.

The spill caused 63,000 gallons of crude oil to flow into the water. Around 50 community members rallied at the Coulson Park area near the banks of the Yellowstone River. They think ExxonMobil should pay the $1.7 million penalty levied by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Landowner Alexis Bonogofsky is one of them.

"It was two years ago but we're still dealing with the impacts from it. We got a hayfield that's basically dirt and weeds that Exxon never took care of. We've had to totally move our animals around. We raise goats. So its a lot of the time, its a lot of stress and we'll be dealing it for years to come," says Bonogofsky.

ExxonMobil issued a statement in response to the rally that reads:

"We committed to learn from the incident and have since applied the learning to our remote control valve procedures."

"We will continue to work with the pipeline and hazardous materials safety administration on any follow up actions."

A hearing on the fine is scheduled for July 17th in Washington D.C.