MAYFLOWER (KATV) - A rupture in the Pegasus Pipeline sent crews flying to clean up thousands of barrels of oil.
The 20 inch pipeline carries crude oil from Patoka, Ill., to the Texas Gulf Coast, running through Missouri and Arkansas. According to ExxonMobil Spokesperson Charlie Engelman, the pipeline's capacity is up to $95,000 barrels a day. That's enough to fill about six olympic swimming pools.
The oil is a type of heavy crude called Wabasca Heavy, which is conventionally produced in the Wabasca region of Alberta, Canada, according to Englemann.
"Crude oil is crude oil," he said. "None of it is real good to touch. If you want to wash that off, I think danger with regard to crude oil is with length of exposure."
According toEnglemann, tests performed on the pipeline in 2006 and an inspection in 2010 showed no areas of concern. However, Channel 7 News requested the reports from those inspections and have not received them.
According to the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the last major spill in Arkansas was in 2007 when a TE Products pipeline spilled 5,800 barrels in Walnut Ridge.
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