More than four months after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured beneath Montana's Yellowstone River, the oil company has finally removed the broken section of the pipeline.
An Exxon spokeswoman told the Billings Gazette that an independent third-party would now perform an analysis of the pipe. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is also taking part in the investigation.
The break allowed an estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil to pour into the Yellowstone near Laurel, Mont., fouling miles of riverbank. Exxon has since put a replacement pipe in, promising to bury the pipe much deeper below the river's surface.