Senator: Arkansas oil spill shows need for oversight

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is calling on federal regulators to implement pipeline safety reforms after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in Arkansas.

    U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia says the oil spill in Arkansas is a reminder of the need for rigorous oversight of the country's pipelines.

    ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured on March 29 in the small city of Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. The pipeline spewed oil onto lawns and roadways and almost fouled nearby Lake Conway. No one was injured, but the spill led authorities to evacuate

    Investigators are still working to figure out why the pipeline ruptured.

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