LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Accident reports by a federal agency show the ExxonMobil pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil in Mayflower had at least 13 previous minor leaks since 2002.
The reports kept by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/12xqBln ) show the largest spill was 15 barrels in Illinois in 2008 while the others ranged from 10 gallons to four barrels in Illinois and Texas. A barrel contains 31.5 gallons.
ExxonMobil spokesman Aaron Stryk told the newspaper that the leaks did not take place on the main Pegasus pipeline.
A rupture on the Pegasus pipeline in March leaked more than 100,000 gallons of oil into a neighborhood in Mayflower about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. About 20 homes were evacuated.