Pegasus Pipleine In Ripley County Missouri Ruptures

       While very much smaller than the recent Mayflower, Arkansas spill, this new rupture causes even more concern over the aging Pegasus pipeline. Questions about the severity of the recent March 29 oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas are still unanswered. And now there is yet another rupture from the aging pipeline in Ripley County, Missouri, 200 miles north of Mayflower.While Mayflower residents found 10,000 barrels of oil in their back yards, this smaller rupture only spilled an estimated one barrel of crude. But even so, this is worrying. According to Reuters, a resident living just outside the town of Doniphan spotted a patch of oil and dead vegetation in their yard and notified ExxonMobil right away. Luckily with the spill being so much smaller, an Exxon spokeswoman has announced that the cleanup operation is “close to completion.”

       A spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said on Wednesday, “The release occurred from the installation of a guide wire for a power line pipe that was installed approximately 30 years ago.” “The guide wire was located almost directly on top of the pipeline and has worn down over the years,” she added. Reuters reportedly tried to contact the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), who is ultimately responsible for approving the Pegasus pipeline’s restart. Apparently the agency has not immediately responded. A report was released by the PHMSA which advised that of the approximately 5,000 barrels of crude oil involved in the pipeline breach, less than half had been cleaned up by ExxonMobil. The report also mentioned contamination of surface water, accounting for 2,000 barrels of oil located in ditches and a cove south of nearby Lake Conway. Although the latest report does not appear to indicate that oil has reached the larger body of Lake Conway, an independent study conducted by Opflex Solutions indicates otherwise.

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