Mont. governor cuts ties to oil spill command post

An ExxonMobil contractor cleans up oil along the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Mont., Sunday, July 3, 2011. A company pipeline about 20 miles upriver near Laurel, Mont., ruptured and spilled an estimated 1,000 barrels of crude into the Yellowstone on Saturday. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

July 8, 2011 7:22:55 AM PDT
The state of Montana has cut its ties to a joint Exxon Mobil-government command post overseeing an oil spill along the Yellowstone river, after the state's Democratic governor said the group was defying state open government laws by denying public access.