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Exxon oil pipeline spill reported in Doniphan

(Source: Lori Arbeau) (Source: Lori Arbeau)
(Source: Lori Arbeau) (Source: Lori Arbeau)
(Source: Lori Arbeau) (Source: Lori Arbeau)
(Source: Lori Arbeau) (Source: Lori Arbeau)

DONIPHAN, MO (KAIT) – ExxonMobil and Missouri officials have gotten the approval needed to complete the required repairs and testing on the Pegasus pipeline in Doniphan.

According to ExxonMobil Senior Planning Advisor Russ Roberts, approximately one barrel, or 42 gallons of crude oil spilled into a yard at a residence on Highway 21 South in Doniphan, MO, about 200 miles north of Mayflower, AR.

The same Pegasus pipeline spilled thousands of barrels in Arkansas on March 29.

"We were able to patch that leak, clamp the pipe and now we're waiting for the O.K. from the Department of Transportation to go ahead and complete the repairs, which we think could be as early as tomorrow (May 2)," Roberts said.

Roberts said the investigation of the leak should reveal how long the pipe had been leaking.

"My grandfather noticed an oil spill that was in the yard (on Friday, April 26) and it got bigger so we were concerned that it was going to go into the well water because we have well water to drink," said Lori Arbeau.

Doniphan resident Robert Cooley reported the spill to Exxon Tuesday, April 30, after seeing oil and dead vegetation in front of his house that sits on about 18 acres of land owned by Arbeau's parents, Guy and Pat Meadors.  

Pat said workers arrived about an hour after the call. 

A spokeswoman from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday, "The release occurred from the installation of a guide wire for a power line pipe that was installed approximately 30 years ago," according to a Reuters report. "The guide wire was located almost directly on top of the pipeline and has worn down over the years," she said.

The line, which can carry more than 90,000 gallons of crude oil, was shut down following the breach in Mayflower and Exxon has not said when it will reopen.

Exxon spokesman Michael Kontos said in an email "the company is working with regulators to investigate the cause of the incident" in Doniphan. 

The company tells Region 8 news the work should be completed late Thursday or on Friday. 

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved. Reuters contributed to this report. 

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