ExxonMobil lawsuit from spill moved to Yellowstone County

A lawsuit filed last year in Gallatin County against ExxonMobil for the 2011 pipeline rupture near Laurel has been moved to Yellowstone County.

Meanwhile, attorneys defending the oil company against three lawsuits stemming from the break of the Silvertip Pipeline have filed a motion seeking to have the cases consolidated.

According to company lawyers, the three lawsuits all allege similar complaints of negligence and damages related to the spill of an estimated 1,500 barrels of crude oil into the Yellowstone River on July 1, 2011.

Lawyers for property owners who filed the first lawsuit oppose combining the cases, arguing in court records that their case is "miles ahead" of the other two and that "each case involves a unique set of underlying facts."

A trial date, in that case, has been scheduled for May 27, 2014. Trial dates have not been set in the other cases.

There has been no ruling on the request to combine the cases.