Finance & Investing
News Services
Get free industry updates via email.
Daily News
Weekly News
Equipment Updates
Weekly Job Register
Monthly Event Guide
Our privacy


ExxonMobil Granted Extension To Work On Shut Pegasus Oil Pipe

change text size

NEW YORK, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil has been granted a 90-day extension to submit a plan to repair its 70-year-old Pegasus oil pipeline that ruptured in Arkansas in March this year, guaranteeing the line will be closed until at least January, according to a filing from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

The 90,000 barrel-per-day Pegasus pipeline, which runs from Illinois to Texas, spilled 5,000 barrels of Canadian crude into the town of Mayflower, a few miles north of Little Rock, causing the evacuation of dozens of homes in the community. The line has since been shut.

Under the extension, granted by PHMSA in October, Exxon now has until January 6 to conduct tests on the pipeline and submit its plan for needed repairs on the line.

Last week, PHMSA said it has found nine probable violations of safety rules in the rupture of the Pegasus line, which sent crude spilling into a local creek that fed into Lake Conway, a popular fishing area.

PHMSA said Exxon failed to recognize the risks associated with the old piping.

Exxon has 30 days to contest the allegations.

In 2009, Exxon completed a three-year project to reverse the Pegasus line to run north to south and increase its capacity by 50,000 bpd. The company did not increase the diameter of the line, but raised the pressure of it.

Copyright 2015 Thomson Reuters. Click for Restrictions.


Post a Comment Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.

Related Companies

Most Popular Articles
From the Career Center
Jobs that may interest you
Pipeline Operator - Henry, Louisiana
Expertise: Pipeline Operator|Pipeline Services
Location: Henry
PLC Engineer
Expertise: Petroleum Engineering|Refinery Specialist
Location: Sugarland (Houston), TX
Nitrogen Equipment Operator Driver
Expertise: Heavy Machinery Operator|Rigger / Scaffolding|Truck Driver
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
search for more jobs