Exxon’s Pegasus Pipeline Spills Again

1 May

by Edward McAllister and Robert Gibbons, Cross Posted from South Bend Tribune:

Spilt oil from Exxon pipeline runs between homes in North Woods Subdivision in Mayflower, Ark in early April. More oil from the same pipeline also spilled Tuesday in a yard in Missouri. (Reuters)

Spilt oil from Exxon pipeline runs between homes in North Woods Subdivision in Mayflower, Ark in early April. More oil from the same pipeline also spilled Tuesday in a yard in Missouri. (Reuters)

Exxon Mobil Corps near 70-year-old Pegasus oil pipeline spilled a small amount of crude on Tuesday into a residential yard in Ripley County, Missouri, a month after the same pipe spewed thousands of barrels of crude in Arkansas.

A resident notified the company of the spill after spotting a patch of oil and dead vegetation seven miles south of Doniphan in the southeast of the state, Exxon and state officials said on Wednesday.

About one barrel of crude leaked and the cleanup is “close to completion”, an Exxon spokeswoman said.

Tuesday’s spill occurred 200 miles north of Mayflower, Arkansas, where about 5,000 barrels of crude spilled from the Pegasus pipe into a residential area on March 29, prompting a giant clean-up operation that is still ongoing.

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2 Responses to “Exxon’s Pegasus Pipeline Spills Again”

  1. Jeremy Amos May 1, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Ripley County is lucky to have such a small spill. Other communities are not likely to be so lucky. Enbridge’s 2010 Kalamazoo tar sands pipeline contaminated 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River. 18 of 50 people who were not evacuated are now dead. That pipeline ruptured three times in two years before the Feds shut it down. Exxon is replacing one 52 foot section out of 30,000 similar sections in Mayflower, Arkansas. Does anyone doubt that at least one more section also has a defective seem weld that will also rupture! In addition, Pegasis has now been exposed to and attacked by corrosive and abrasive tar sands crude. It will certainly rupture again and again until it too is shut down for good. Look at the interactive google map of how Pegasus crosses Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, and Texas – http://goo.gl/maps/VJJJ2 . Move around and zoom in to understand how Pegasus threatens your community, water reservoir, or fishing lake. How many more major accidents will Exxon cause before we stop them?

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