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Exxon Pipeline Leaks Thousands of Barrels of Oil in Arkansas

Environment  (tags: EXXon, Arkansas, Mayflower, crude oil, pipeline, rupture, major spill, EPA )

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An Exxon Mobil crude oil pipeline ruptured near Mayflower, Arkansas, spilling thousands of barrels of oil, the company said.

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Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 9:55 pm
Exxon Mobil was working to clean up thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower, Arkansas, after a pipeline carrying heavy Canadian crude ruptured, a major spill likely to stoke debate over transporting Canada's oil to the United States.

Exxon shut the Pegasus pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, after the leak was discovered on Friday afternoon, the company said in a statement.

Exxon, hit with a $1.7 million fine by regulators this week over a 2011 spill in the Yellowstone River, said a few thousand barrels of oil had been observed.

A company spokesman confirmed the line was carrying Canadian Wabasca Heavy crude. That grade is a heavy bitumen crude diluted with lighter liquids to allow it to flow through pipelines, according to the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), which referred to Wabasca as "oil sands" in a report.

The spill occurred as the U.S. State Department is considering the fate of the 800,000 bpd Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude from Canada's oil sands to the Gulf Coast.
Environmentalists, concerned about the impact of developing the oil sands, have sought to block its approval.

Supporters say Keystone will help bring down the cost of fuel in the United States.

The Arkansas spill was the second incident this week where Canadian crude has spilled in the United States. On Wednesday, a train carrying Canadian crude derailed in Minnesota, spilling 15,000 gallons of oil.

Exxon expanded the Pegasus pipeline in 2009 to carry more Canadian crude from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast refining hub and installed what it called new "leak detection technology".

Exxon said federal, state and local officials were on site and the company said it was staging a response for a spill of more than 10,000 barrels "to be conservative". Clean-up crews had recovered approximately 4,500 barrels of oil and water.

"The air quality does not likely present a human health risk, with the exception of the high pooling areas, where clean-up crews are working with safety equipment," Exxon said in a statement.

U.S. media said the spill was in a subdivision. Mayflower city police said the oil had not reached Lake Conway nearby.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency categorized the rupture as a "major spill," Exxon said, and 22 homes were evacuated following the incident.

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation confirmed that an inspector from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration had been sent to the scene to determine what caused the failure. The Environmental Protection Agency is the federal on-scene coordinator for the spill.

Some environmentalists argue that oil sands crudes are more corrosive than conventional oil, although a CEPA report, put together by oil and gas consultancy Penspen, argued diluted bitumen is no more corrosive than other heavy crude.

The U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this week proposed a fine of 1.7 million for Exxon over pipeline safety violations relating to a 2011 oil spill in the Yellowstone River. Exxon's Silvertip pipeline, which carries 40,000 barrels per day of crude in Montana, leaked about 1,500 barrels of oil into the river in July 2011 after heavy flooding in the area.

In 1989, the Exxon Valdez supertanker struck a reef in Prince William Sound off Alaska and spilled 250,000 barrels of crude oil.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 9:57 pm
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Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 10:12 pm
Twice in one week,...-great! Thank you Exxon and Canada oil for helping the DOS to rewrite that preliminary environmental assessment report! One more please!

john byrne (50)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:58 am

Big T.Y. Angellika.
Maybe 3 strikes & their out. I hope!

Ben O (171)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:58 am
Ay one remember Exxon Valdez...?

Ben O (171)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:58 am
sorry, that should be ANY one of course...

Daniel Partlow (179)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 8:53 am
Damned irresponsible. Shut them down if they can't make them reliable, then just rip them out and stop with it already!!

Svetlana B (20)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:21 pm

Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:07 pm
read and noted on 3-31-13 well here we go again another big company with a not so good track record so more of the environment and wildlife will be in trouble it goes to show everyone that no pipeline is 100% ,but these big oil companies do not care all they care about is the money and no regards for any kind of life so we will see what kind of excuse for this accident that they come up with to blame quit the finger pointing already and stop with these pipelines before someone or something bad takes place we need stronger laws to stop this in the tracks maybe now people will wake up and see the light.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 5:26 pm
Edward G.-yes, and I sure hope it will be the people at the DOS !

Rupert W. (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:05 pm
Good article

Jason S (50)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 7:18 pm
Good posting, thanks

Marie W (67)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 8:13 pm
And the Keystone will be safe- HAH!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 9:27 pm
Thank you. Clearly we must end our addiction to fossil fuels. (N, P, T)

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 11:29 pm
noted,thank you

greenplanet e (155)
Monday April 1, 2013, 1:15 am
Terrible. We gotta reduce fossil fuel use and get on to solar, wind, tidal etc.

Lynn D (0)
Monday April 1, 2013, 1:56 am

S S (0)
Monday April 1, 2013, 3:54 am
Thank you.

TOM T (246)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:08 am
This is outrageous!

Past Member (0)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:18 am
I live near the area-for some reason there are areas the press aren't allowed to go in. I just received a picture from a friend showing the backyard. It has oil FLOWING at least 6 inches high through the yard. It looks horrible, smells horrible, and has already started affecting wildlife.

Jo S (619)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:36 am
The merri-go-round starts again!

Antonella C (83)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:54 am
this is not the first time exxon makes something like this....

Darren W (218)
Monday April 1, 2013, 7:55 am
Thanks for sharing this. . . Leaking oil anywhere is bad news...

Rupert W. (0)
Monday April 1, 2013, 8:02 am
gross, sick of seeing oil still heavily being used

Roseann d (178)
Monday April 1, 2013, 8:03 am
News story here??? Think the media might find somewhere in the day to take a small break from reporting on DOMA and gun control ALL DAY to report on this? Seriously, when I see that kind of round the clock coverage, it's time to look for the stories that they are not reporting on... Like the GMO-rider passed into law, the TransPacific Partnership Trade pact being negotiated in secret, TWO oil spills now associated with TarSands, horse slaughter now legal in Oklahoma, and how about the fact that bank accounts in the US are no longer FDIC insured....making a Cyprus like pilfering entirely possible HERE! Just stuff off the top of my head that I'd like to know more about.

Kathy B (106)
Monday April 1, 2013, 8:03 am
This may be a blessing in disguise. They may have used the train spill to declare pipelines a safer method to transport their dirty crud - and as an endorsement for the KXL. Now I'm thinking not so much!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday April 1, 2013, 8:39 am
It would be tragic anywhere but Arkansas is a place that really cannot afford the price of cleaning up the oil. We know the oil company will not do the job as quickly as it should and will not do the job as well as it should. The people who are affected will go for years without be compensated. And the price to innocent wildlife and nature? Forget it. The oil company cares for no one and nothing except profits.

Ro H (0)
Monday April 1, 2013, 9:44 am
Never learns

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:38 am
Roseann-saw what Kristen G. commented? Media blocked...and for any transparency of TPPA (which not even Congress has any knowledge of) it takes enormous pressure which so far had zero result or effect.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:37 am
The greed of big oil knows no bounds.

lisa O (6)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 5:17 am
This type of crude does not fall under the regulation that typical oil does. Tis means that Exxon did not have to pay into the national clean up fund to send this oil through our country. Bottom line, we get dumped on with very corrosive oil and Exxon does not have to pay to clean it up.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 9:09 am
Lisa- WHAT TYPE of oil would Exxon HAVE to pay for clean up if spilled? So you, the taxpayer is covering the cost for this clean up? You surely are happy with this regulation, I bet!

Angelika R (143)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 2:05 pm
Tell ExxonMobil to release information about the crude spilled in Arkansas.  sign petition!

Angelika R (143)
Friday April 5, 2013, 7:39 am
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