Pipeline Information Dispute May Result In A Lawsuit

Sep 20, 2013

Central Arkansas Water says it may file a lawsuit against ExxonMobil, as well as the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

The utility company has requested safety information since April, signed a confidentiality agreement in late August, and has yet to receive access to the information about the Pegasus Pipeline, which ruptured in March. 

The pipeline runs through the Lake Maumelle Watershed, which is the region's source of drinking water. John Tynan with Central Arkansas Water says they want to work with ExxonMobil, but said a lawsuit will be filed if they don’t get the information.

"Exxon has constantly claimed that the information that we've requested is not subject to disclosure because of either security or proprietary related issues," said Tynan. 

ExxonMobil has insisted the pipeline won’t be restarted until it can be done safely.