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article imagePegasus pipeline leak is at least 80,000 gallons

By Richard Mccallum     Apr 1, 2013 in Environment
Mayflower - Exxon- Mobil and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency are currently estimating the size of the Pegasus pipeline spill to be between 80 to 84,000 gallons but are still trying to pin down the damage of the bitumen leak.
In a recent interview with Inside Climate News Exxon-Mobil has confirmed that the Pegasus spill was at least 80,000 gallons of dilbit which is a mixture of Wabasca heavy crude mixed with lighter fuels to allow the fuel to flow through the 20 inch pipeline.
In the same article Faulkner County Judge Allan Dodson who is heading the multi task force working on cleaning up the bitumen confirmed that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the time of the spill said that it may be 84,000 gallons.
According to an Exxon- Mobil press release on Saturday the oil company has said that they have recovered 189,000 gallons of oil and water from the recovery site at that time.
Exxon- Mobil are staging a response for a 10,000 barrel spill (420,000 gallons) "to be conservative."
Bitumen spills are more difficult to clean up in water and soil because it's weight tends to make it sink.
The same linked article also cites that a recent rail transport spill in Minnesota last week hemorrhaged 30,000 gallons of crude rather than the 15,000 previously reported by the CBC Network news channel.
The confusion is understandable as the industry press releases are releasing the news in barrel measurements rather than gallons.
One barrel of oil equals 42 U.S. gallons.
Mayflower, Arkansas is located about 20 miles north of the state capitol of Little Rock.
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