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Exxon’s Secrecy Over Ruptured Pipeline Could Mask National Dangers


Reports that would reveal whether Exxon properly maintained its Pegasus pipeline are being kept from the public. The data has national ramifications.


By Elizabeth Douglass and David Hasemyer

Jul 16, 2013




Tar ball on the edge of a cove in Mayflower, Ark. in the wake of Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline spill. Credit: National Wildlife Federation

The 1940s-era construction process that ExxonMobil said caused an oil pipe to rupture in Arkansas earlier this year is a common and well-documented problem the pipeline industry has battled for decades—and one the industry believes can be detected and controlled with appropriate vigilance.

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