A federal judge has denied a request by ExxonMobil to throw out a joint federal and state lawsuit that seeks to penalize the company for a pipeline spill that dumped an estimated 150,000 gallons of crude oil in a central Arkansas neighborhood.
Outtakes previously reported on the crowd funding collaboration between Little Rock’s Arkansas Times and Pulitzer-winning InsideClimate News of Brooklyn, by which the publications were seeking about $25,000 to fund a definitive report on the ExxonMobil spill in Mayflower. The project reached its goal, scoring $26,790, in less than a month.
It’s been almost two months and Exxon-Mobil still hasn’t released a reason why a portion of its 850-mile Pegasus pipeline in March ruptured and spilled more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil into a Mayflower neighborhood and its surrounding area.
Crews have worked to remove a damaged part of a pipeline that ruptured last month and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas. Officials say work on the the damaged part of ExxonMobil Pipeline Co.'s Pegasus pipeline began Monday. Part of the pipeline ruptured on March 29 and spilled an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil at Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock.
The chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is calling on federal regulators to implement pipeline safety reforms after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in Arkansas.