NEW YORK The recent oil
spill from ExxonMobil Pipeline Co.s Pegasus pipeline in
Arkansas could affect the publics view of pipeline
safety, experts say.
"The risks of these projects
(are) becoming more apparent to the communities they would
cross," Anthony Swift of the New York-based Natural Resources
Defense Council testified during a House subcommittee hearing
to discuss a law that would expedite approval for TransCanada
Corp.s Keystone XL pipeline.
Repurposed pipelines in
particular could face opposition, according to Mark Jaccard,
professor at Burnaby, British Columbia-based Simon Fraser
Universitys School of Resource and Environmental
Management. The Pegasus line was reversed in 2006, which can
cause added stress on a pipeline.
For example, Calgary, Alberta-based TransCanadas plan
to repurpose parts of its system (
amm.com, Feb. 13) could receive "more public
scrutiny" following the Pegasus spill. Up to 5,000 barrels of
oil are estimated to have been released in the spill (
amm.com, April 10), Jaccard said.