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Wed May 1, 2013, 05:44 PM

 

Exxon's Pegasus oil pipe spills crude into Missouri yard

Source: South Bend Tribune

(Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp's 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.

The Mayflower spill stoked a fractious national debate about the effect of shipping increasing amounts of tarry Canadian crude across the United States, including through residential areas and in aging pipelines.

The Pegasus line, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels a day of crude from Illinois to Texas, was built in the late 1940s. It was shut after the Arkansas spill and was not in operation when the Missouri spill occurred.

Exxon has not offered a timeline for when Pegasus will restart.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 06:50 PM

1. And will Exxon Mobile spend any of their "biggest profits in the history of man" on repairing this?

No

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 10:36 PM

2. I just wonder how many leaks it will take

before someone asks the question, "Should we really be transporting this highly corrosive material in 70 year old pipelines at all?"

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Wed May 1, 2013, 11:31 PM

3. They probably figured it was cheaper to patch the pipeline than rebuild the whole length.

As a result, leaks spring up periodically because of the aging structure. The management is profit oriented after all. Big renovation projects can eat up profit margins.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 12:37 AM

4. More American infrastructure....

...falling apart.

You'd think Republicans would fix this one.

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