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Montana Seeks Public Comment On Billings Refinery Tracks

An overhead mock up of Exxon's proposed rail yard.
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
A mock-up of what the train tracks at the ExxonMobil refinery in Billings could look like, included in the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's environmental assessment

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on an environmental impacts assessment of a Billings refinery’s proposed train yard.

ExxonMobil wants to construct a new set of tracks across 35 acres of its oil refinery to store rail cars. The company owns the refinery and 720 acres of property along Yellowstone River.

The construction would require modification of the company’s hazardous waste permit so that ExxonMobil can move treated soil from one of the facility’s old treatment areas to another. The company may also relocate groundwater wells.

DEQ says there’s a buffer of land around the track and it predicts no significant effect on humans, wildlife, river water or groundwater. Public comment continues until May 10.

Members of the public can find more information on the DEQ website.

To submit comment:

By Mail
DEQ Waste Management and Remediation Division
c/o Ann Kron
PO Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620

By Email
DEQhazwaste@mt.gov