Pipe error to blame in Ark. oil spill: Exxon

Jul 16, 2013 | 02:06 PM | Thorsten Schier

Tags  Exxon, Arkansas, Mayflower, ERW, weld seam, oil spill, Justice Department, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — Manufacturing defects around the weld seam of an Exxon Mobil Corp. oil pipeline in Arkansas caused its failure in late March, according to a metallurgical report.

"Based on the metallurgical analysis, the independent laboratory concluded that the root cause of the failure can be attributed to original manufacturing defects, namely hook cracks near the seam," Exxon said in an e-mailed statement. ....

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