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(Source: Energy Tribune)
After 210,000 gallons of heavy crude spilled into an Arkansas community, ExxonMobil assured residents that toxic chemicals have remained at safe levels. But locals say they are suffering from deteriorating health conditions and trouble breathing.
Residents of Mayflower, Ark., have reported difficulty breathing, sinus problems, burning noses and eyes, extreme fatigue, headaches, stomachaches and unexplained sore throats – often accompanied by a putrid stench.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CN) - ExxonMobil faces a federal class action for the March 29 rupture of a pipeline carrying tar sands oil that was "the worst oil spill in Arkansas history." Load plaintiffs Kathryn Jane Roachell Chunn and Kimla Green sued ExxonMobil and three pipeline subsidiaries, the March 29 spill hurt property values of homeowners within 3,000 feet of the Pegasus Pipeline.
It states: "In 2006, in order to maximize profits, the defendants reversed the Pegasus Pipeline to increase the flow of crude oil southward from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The defendants desired to transport larger amounts of Canadian crude tar sands, which is more abrasive, to the Gulf Coast through the Pegasus Pipeline running through Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas. It is known in the industry that a change in the direction of oil flow in a pipeline can affect the hydraulic and stress demands on the pipeline and the abrasive quality of the hydrocarbon product can increase corrosion and deteriorate the quality of the pipe.
"The pipe was in a defective, unsafe condition and the defendants' corporate profit-enhancing decision to run a higher volume and more abrasive crude hydrocarbon through the pipeline put further stress demands on the defective pipe." (14)
(Source: Courthouse News)
The class claims that the pipeline "was and has not been properly and adequately inspected or maintained to ensure the safe transport of crude oil and/or tar sands through the entire route of the Pegasus Pipeline traversing through Arkansas."
It claims ExxonMobil was aware of the problem but continued to use the pipe.
(Source: Huffington Post)
May 1 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp's near 70-year-old Pegasus oil pipeline leaked a small amount of crude into a residential yard in Ripley County, Missouri on Tuesday, 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 (11 km) south of Doniphan in the southeast of the state, Exxon and state officials said on Wednesday.