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Exxon report on pipeline break said to be nearing completion

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The oil spill in Mayflower. Shaleshockmedia photo.
  • The oil spill in Mayflower. (Shaleshockmedia photo)

KUAR reports that an unnamed spokesman for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says ExxonMobil's report to PHMSA on what caused the rupture of the Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower report should be complete soon, but he didn't say when it would be made public.

The report also quotes environmental scientist (and MacArthur Genius Grant winner) Wilma Subra saying there is no evidence to support the state's claim that the bed of Lake Conway is unharmed.


In response to McDaniel’s claim of a relatively unharmed lake bed, Subra says there is no evidence to support such a claim and that her analysis and independent testing shows the presence of harmful chemicals associated with the "fingerprint" of the oil that spilled from the Pegasus Pipeline.

Subra said, "Well, if they want to tell us there's not very much down there they need to perform the sampling in the water column and demonstrate that it's not there."

If the oil has reached the bottom, as was the case in a tar sands spill along the Kalamazoo River, she says it presents a new set of ecological, public health, and clean-up challenges. It also brings into question the methodology and reporting of information concerning health factors in Mayflower.

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