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    Mayor Stodola talks Exxon Pegasus pipeline letter

    6:05 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola plans on sending ExxonMobil a letter by the end of the week about the Pegasus Pipeline.

    "If in fact there is a break in rough hilly terrain around Lake Maumelle on the north side it could be very disastrous. So we want to get some very clear, specific answers from Exxon," said Stodola.

    The mayor said a 13.5 mile stretch of the pipeline runs through the Maumelle Watershed, which is the main water supply for 400,000 people in the Little Rock metro.

    "Ultimately we want to have a discussion about whether or not the pipeline can be moved out of the watershed completely," said Stodola.

    The mayor wants to know more specifics about response time if a break were to happen in the area. Despite conflicting reports on the actual amount of oil leaked in Mayflower, Stodola worries over the possibilities.

    "I've seen 210,000 and almost 500,000 gallons in 90 seconds. When you talk about the miles exposed in our watershed, it could be an absolute catastrophe," said Stodola.

    Stodola will also ask about possible predictors of weaknesses in the line.

    "We want to know the cause of the break; we want to know what testing they've done...we want to know why they usually do a five year test? They did it in 2010. They elected to come in, in 2013, in three years in February of this year to do a test. We wonder why they elected to do it early?" said Stodola.

    Other Arkansas leaders will add their names to this letter: Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozeman, along with Congressman Tim Griffin, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, and County Judge Buddy Villines.

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