Tagged Articles

Mayflower 19 articles

Arkansas Landowners Ask Appeals Court To Revive Oil Spill Class Action Against Exxon

Arkansas landowners living along a 70-year-old pipeline that ruptured in March 2013 and flooded the town of Mayflower with crude oil appeared before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minn., to ask the three-judge panel to revive their complaint against Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. Lawyers for the landowners argue that the case should be reinstated because they can prove that the pipeline is damaging their property and diminishing their ability to enjoy it. The landowners claim that easements say the company is responsible for repairing, replacing, or removing the pipeline, which stretches 850 miles from Illinois to ... Read More

ExxonMobil Ordered to Pay $2.6 Million For Pegasus Pipeline Disaster

Federal regulators hit ExxonMobil with a $2.6 million fine and sharply rebuked the oil giant for its failure to maintain and detect problems with its 65-year-old Pegasus pipeline, which burst underneath an Arkansas community in March 2013, flooding it with about 210,000 gallons of highly toxic, dense tar sands oil. In an Oct. 1 order delivered to the oil company, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) faulted ExxonMobil for a number of deficiencies it said contributed to the spill that forced residents of Mayflower, Ark., about 25 miles north of Little Rock, to evacuate. Twenty-two families had to ... Read More

ExxonMobil to pay $5 million for Arkansas oil spill fines, costs

ExxonMobil will pay $5 million to settle claims brought against it by the U.S. and Arkansas governments stemming from its March 2013 Pegasus Pipeline oil spill that swamped an Arkansas community with thousands of gallons of heavy Canadian oil. Under the settlement agreement, ExxonMobil will pay $3.19 million to the U.S. in Clean Water Act penalties and $1 million in state civil penalties to Arkansas. The oil company will also devote $600,000 to a project geared toward improving water quality at Lake Conway, a reservoir affected by the spill, and pay the Arkansas Attorney General’s office $280,000 in legal fees. The ... Read More

Mayflower residents say Exxon pipeline spill sickened them, devastated their town

Nearly a year after Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, many residents continue to cope with displacement, chronic health problems, rejected claims and unanswered questions. “They have devastated Mayflower,” Genieve Long, one town resident, told msnbc. Ms. Long lives in an area just outside of the neighborhood that was flooded with thousands of barrels of toxic bitumen shale oil that Exxon was moving from Canada to a refinery in Texas. Twenty-two homes were evacuated in the March 2013 disaster, but most residents whose property wasn’t physically touched by the oil leak have found nowhere to turn. ... Read More

ExxonMobil’s Arkansas oil spill trial set for June 2014

ExxonMobil Corp. may go to trial in June to face pollution charges stemming from its March 29 oil spill that left an Arkansas community swamped in highly toxic tar sands crude. U.S. District Judge James Moody’s proposed schedule calls for the trial to start during the week of June 16. ExxonMobil faces a joint lawsuit filed by federal and Arkansas authorities seeking damages for its alleged violations of the U.S. Clean Water Act, the Arkansas Water and Air Pollution Control Act, and other federal and state anti-pollution statutes. Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline, a 70-year-old pipe that moves refined Canadian tar sands ... Read More

ExxonMobil fights to keep recent pipeline inspections a secret

ExxonMobil last week provided a copy of a metallurgical analysis to federal regulators detailing flaws in its Pegasus pipeline that researchers believe formed the root cause of the March 29 oil spill in Mayflower, Ark. But the oil giant is fighting to keep the information about recent inspections of the 850-mile pipeline out of the public eye, triggering concerns that the 70-year-old tube may have many more oil spills in store for those in its path. According to Fox 16 in Little Rock, “Six weeks before the spill happened ExxonMobil sent a piece of equipment through the line during a ... Read More

Scientific analysis underscores risks of ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline

ExxonMobil has released information concerning the cause of a March 29 rupture in its Pegasus oil pipeline, which flooded a Mayflower, Ark., neighborhood and surrounding woodlands with more than a million gallons of dense Canadian tar sands oil. According to the oil company, an independent metallurgical analysis of the 70-year-old pipeline determined that original manufacturing defects formed the root cause of its failure. Those defects included small hook cracks near the seam where the breach occurred. “Additional contributing factors include atypical pipe properties, such as extremely low impact toughness and elongation properties across the … seam,” ExxonMobil said in a ... Read More

Federal government, Arkansas jointly sue ExxonMobil over tar sands oil spill

The U.S. Justice Department and the State of Arkansas have filed a joint lawsuit against oil giant ExxonMobil for violations to state and federal pollution laws involving its oil spill that flooded a community with highly toxic Canadian tar sands oil. ExxonMobil’s 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline ruptured in the residential neighborhood of Mayflower on March 29, 2013, releasing about 5,000 barrels of dense, sticky diluted bitumen oil made from Canadian tar sands treated with dozens of chemical additives. The 850-mile pipeline, which moves about 95,000 barrels of tar sands oil daily from Patoka, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, ran about two feet ... Read More

Former oil spill cleanup worker on mission against Canadian tar sands fuel

When a tar sands pipeline owned by Enbridge ruptured in July 2010, John Bolenbaugh was one of the workers sent in to clean up the spill, which released more than a million gallons of heavy, highly toxic oil and chemical additives into the Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Mich. What Mr. Bolenbaugh experienced and witnessed compelled him to raise awareness of the dangers of tar sands oil and the Keystone XL Pipeline, a proposed project that would funnel billions of gallons of the tar sands or diluted bitumen “dilbit” through the middle of the U.S. According to the Arkansas Times, Mr. ... Read More

Arkansas attorney general concerned says residents still sick after ExxonMobil oil spill

Mayflower, Ark., residents, including a number of children, are continuing to experience adverse health effects after ExxonMobil’s’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured, Dustin McDaniel, the state’s Attorney General said Tuesday. ExxonMobil’s pipeline breached on March 29, spilling about 5,000 barrels of highly toxic Canadian tar sands oil into a neighborhood and surrounding land. Mr. McDaniels said that town residents continue to suffer from headaches, nausea, and other adverse symptoms after more than a month after the spill. “As we met with residents and groups that represent them … I heard time and time again about their concerns for their health, especially the ... Read More