Griffin Calls on Exxon to Relocate Pipeline

Apr 16, 2013 Issues: Energy, Environment

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) sent a letter to Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation, urging Exxon to support the Central Arkansas Water (CAW) utility’s request to relocate a section of the Pegasus pipeline.  Here is an excerpt from the letter:

“I am monitoring ExxonMobil’s ongoing cleanup efforts of the Pegasus Pipeline oil spill that occurred in Mayflower, Arkansas, on March 29, 2013, and I am confident that a complete and thorough investigation will determine the cause of the accident.  We must do all we can to prevent accidents like this from happening, and I remain committed to ensuring that the concerns of the residents of Mayflower are addressed truthfully and fairly….  Currently, the Pegasus Pipeline runs through about 13 miles of the Lake Maumelle watershed and also crosses some of the lake’s tributaries.  I am especially concerned that the steepness of the shoreline at Lake Maumelle could exacerbate contamination of the water supply in the event of an oil spill and make cleanup more difficult….  I urge ExxonMobil to develop and implement CAW’s request and work to provide an effective plan to relocate the pipeline.”