Exxon says Missouri oil spills from already-ruptured Pegasus line

NEW YORK Wed May 1, 2013 12:03pm EDT

NEW YORK May 1 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil confirmed on Wednesday that an oil spill occurred Tuesday on its Pegasus crude pipeline in Ripley County, Missouri, the same line that ruptured thousands of barrels of oil into an Arkansas neighborhood at the end of March.

An Exxon spokeswoman said a resident notified the company of oil staining on the surface near the pipeline on Tuesday. The cleanup of the one-barrel leak was near completion, she said.

The pipeline was already out of service following a spill in Mayflower, Arkansas, on March 29, Exxon said.

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JRD2 wrote:
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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