01 April 2013 23:14 [Source: ICIS news]
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HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is developing an excavation and removal plan for part of an ExxonMobil pipeline that ruptured on Friday, resulting in a major oil spill in Arkansas, the company said on Monday.
Response crews are continuing cleanup operations for the affected area near Mayflower where 12,000 bbl of oil and water has been recovered after the 20-inch (51-cm) Pegasus pipeline had an apparent breach.
“Lake Conway was not impacted, and a containment system using boom has been laid out as a precautionary measure to ensure oil does not get into the lake,” ExxonMobil said.
“Ten oil ducks have been recovered for treatment at the Hawk Center in Russellville for rehabilitation. Two additional ducks have been found dead. Residents are being asked not to approach wildlife for their safety and the safety of the wildlife,” the company added.
The city of Mayflower recommended continued evacuation of 22 homes in the nearby subdivision, and police escorted residents living in the area closest to the pipeline breach so that they could return to their homes temporarily to pick up personal items.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has categorised the incident as a major spill, and a number of federal, state and local agencies are assisting ExxonMobil with response efforts.
The cause of the spill is under investigation, the company said.
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