Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:36 pm (PDT) . Posted by:
Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:03pm EDT
Exxon shut the 20-inch Pegasus pipeline, which carries crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to the Gulf Coast, after the leak was discovered on Friday afternoon. Exxon said a few thousand barrels of oil had been observed.
Local media reported the spill occurred in a subdivision, and city of Mayflower police said the oil had not reached the nearby Lake Conway.
Federal, state and local officials were on site and the company said it was staging a response for a spill of more than 10,000 barrels “to be conservative.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had categorized the rupture as a “major spill,” Exxon said, and 22 homes were evacuated following the incident. Clean-up crews had recovered approximately 4,500 barrels of oil and water.