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From:  Popular Resistance

Pegasus pipeline leak neighbord

Remember the Pegasus pipeline rupture that spewed tar sands into Arkansas the defects that caused it are more common than unique

The March 29 rupture of Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus pipeline—which flooded a Mayflower, Arkansas neighborhood with over 200,000 gallons of tar sands oil—was likely caused by known “manufacturing defects,” with grave implications for the tens of thousands of similarly built pipelines still in the ground and operating, according to a review released Thursday.
Workers remove the ruptured portion of Exxon's Pegasus pipeline. (Screenshot: ABC Channel 7 News)
Workers remove the ruptured portion of Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline. (Screenshot: ABC Channel 7 News)

An examination of the 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline and its 22-foot-gash found that the pipeline failure “resulted from an original manufacturing defect of the electronic resistance welded (ERW) pipe,” according to a spokesman from the Hurst Metallurgical Research Laboratory.
Citing an ongoing investigation, both Exxon and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) waited nearly a month after receiving the report before releasing the details to Arkansas newspaper Log Cabin Democrat Thursday.  MORE

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