Mayflower Oil Spill
12:24 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

ExxonMobil Official: Pipeline That Ruptured Could Be Retired

Karen Tyrone
File photo of Karen Tyrone, vice-president of the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, speaking with reporters in April.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

A vice president at ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. says it's possible that a 65-year-old pipe that leaked oil into a Mayflower neighborhood could be taken out of service.

Karen Tyrone told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story published Thursday that it is too early to say for sure whether the pipeline will be closed, but she said it is one thing being considered.

The line carries heavy Canadian crude from Illinois to the Texas Gulf Coast.

A seam ripped in late March, spilling 210,000 gallons in Mayflower.

Tyrone said that, in any regard, the pipeline wouldn't reopen until the company is sure it is safe to operate.

In an interview with the newspaper, Tyrone said the company's investigation could take a year or more.