NEW YORK ExxonMobil Pipeline Co., an affiliate of
ExxonMobil Corp., has recovered about 12,000 barrels of oil and
water from a pipeline leak that occurred March 29 near
The cause of the spill is under investigation, the
Irving, Texas-based company said.
The incident has been categorized as a major spill
by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The 20-inch Pegasus pipeline carries crude oil to the Texas
Gulf Coast from Patoka, Ill.
Pipe distributors expect little immediate impact.
I dont think its going to have a major
effect. My initial thought on that would be ... that I read
about it for the first time last night so it was not something
that was highly publicized, according to one Southern
line pipe distributor, noting that Exxons responses to
spills have typically been prompt.
Media reports following the incident said it could rekindle
concerns about TransCanada Corp.s Keystone XL pipeline,
although the Calgary, Alberta-based company reiterated in a
response to the Exxon spill that the Keystone XL would be
the safest pipeline built to date in North America.
TransCanada plans on building the most advanced,
state-of-the-art pipeline ... using the latest technology,
highest-strength steel and most modern welding
techniques, a company spokesman told AMM via e-mail,
adding that the company has voluntarily agreed to 57 new
safety procedures for the proposed
830,000-barrel-per-day, $5.3-billion pipeline.