NEW YORK, March 11 Exxon Mobil has
sought permission from regulators to restart a Texas stretch of
the Pegasus oil pipeline that it says was not affected by a line
rupture in Arkansas in March 2013.
Exxon plans to restart operations on a 210-mile leg, running
from Corsicana to Nederland, Texas no later than March 28, it
said in a January filing to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials
Safety Administration (PHMSA), seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
Oil spewed from the Pegasus pipeline into the middle of the
small town of Mayflower, Arkansas, 20 miles north of Little
Rock, on March 29 last year, leading to the evacuation of homes
and fouling a local creek. The line has remained shut since.
The company "has no reason to suspect that any pipe in this
segment was damaged by the failure in Mayflower, AR," the filing
The line would run at 80 percent of the operating pressure
in place before the line spilled oil last year, it said.
A PHMSA spokesman said the filing had been received but a
decision was yet to be made on the restart.