Arkansas Water Utility Pushes For ExxonMobil Fines, Rules

Feb 2, 2016

The immediate aftermath of a oil pipeline rupture in Mayflower in March 2013.
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A water utility company in Arkansas is urging a federal regulatory agency to uphold fines and new safety requirements for Exxon Mobil Corp. regarding a Mayflower oil spill.

In a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on Monday, Central Arkansas Water said Exxon Mobil doesn't understand the weight of the situation.

Central Arkansas Water spokesman John Tynan says Exxon Mobil is also using various tactics to evade federal regulations.

Exxon Mobil spokesman Christian Flathman declined to comment on the letter in an email to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. But Flathman said subsidiary Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. doesn't have "immediate plans for submitting a remedial work plan," a necessary step to resuming the pipeline's operation.

The company's Pegasus pipeline cracked open in March 2013, sending heavy crude through Mayflower's Northwoods subdivision, drainage ditches and Lake Conway cove.