NEW YORK, March 30 Exxon Mobil has shut
a crude oil pipeline after it ruptured near Mayflower, Arkansas,
spilling "thousands" of barrels of oil, the company said.
The 20-inch Pegasus pipeline ruptured on late Friday
afternoon and a few thousand barrels of oil had been observed,
Exxon said in a statement. Exxon was preparing a response for a
spill of more than 10,000 barrels.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had categorized the
spill as a "major spill", Exxon said. Clean-up crews had
recovered approximately 4,500 barrels of oil and water.
The pipeline carries crude oil from Patoka, Illinois to the