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  •  We live 5 miles from the rupture (5+ / 0-)

    and when the wind shifts the smell is overwhelming.

    The big news today is that this same pipeline (Pegasus) continues on and crosses the Maumelle Lake watershed. Lake Maumelle is the reservoir that supplies Little Rock and environs with water.

    http://www.arktimes.com/...

    ...the pipeline is a bit more than 60 years old, before the lake was built. It is laid on the "contour of the land," and is typically only a couple feet deep. It is exposed at several places as it crosses the watershed, especially as it crosses tributaries.

    We started correspondence with ExxonMobil several years ago to try to get more protection in place. There should be an extensive file at CAW.

    When I dug into the issue (after concerns raised by Barry Haas), I was astounded to learn that the then ExxonMobil spill plan didn't even mention that Lake Maumelle was a public water supply! We wrote a detailed letter to the federal regulatory agency (can't remember the name ... been a year or two) and didn't hear a peep on reply. ExxonMobil was cc'd and they did respond. Work was started towards a comprehensive spill plan but I don't think it has been finalized?? There was supposed to be a come to Jesus presentation by officials of ExxonMobil to CAW Board in first qtr of 2012 but seems that fell in the cracks after the new watershed management folks came on board after I retired. It's a helluva major concern because of the proximity to the lake and the volume of crude it carries. Maybe this rupture will get it back on point...

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 10:28:02 PM PDT

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