US ExxonMobil given deadline to turn over ruptured pipeline documents

04 April 2013 20:51  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil has an 10 April deadline to produce investigative reports, inspection documents and other information connected to the US-oil company’s Pegasus pipeline rupture in Arkansas, the state’s attorney general said on Thursday.

Dustin McDaniel issued the subpoena to the company earlier this week in regard to the 29 March incident near the town of Mayflower.

"The people of Arkansas deserve a full explanation from [ExxonMobil] about how this incident occurred and the extent of damages to private property and to our State's natural resources," McDaniel said on Thursday. "My office is determined to get that explanation through our investigation because, at the moment, we still have many more questions than we do answers."

ExxonMobil has said that response crews have recovered 12,000 bbl of oil and water, and a plan that includes the replacement of affected soil is being developed for the phased return of the residents to the 22 homes that were evacuated.

The company said on Wednesday that it is reviewing a corrective action order sent from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) that requires ExxonMobil to take “necessary corrective action to protect public, property and the environment from potential hazards” associated with the incident, said the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

ExxonMobil must obtain written approval from the director of PHMSA’s southwest region before the Pegasus pipeline can return to service.

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 has said.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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