Metallurgical report submitted to feds,no details released

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A report has been submitted to federal regulators on a pipeline rupture that dumped an estimated 150,000 gallons of crude oil in a Mayflower neighborhood but the contents of the report are being kept under wraps.

    A spokesman for the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said Wednesday that the company had turned in the report and that it is being reviewed by pipeline safety officials.

    A spokesman for ExxonMobil says the report comes from Hurst Metallurgical Laboratory and not from them. They and the FPHMS will get the report today and once it is reviewed, ExxonMobil will release a statement.

    The agency said it wouldn't release the report because it is part of an active investigation.

    State and federal officials have filed a joint federal lawsuit seeking to fine ExxonMobil for the March 29 spill.

    The company didn't immediately respond to email and phone messages seeking comment.

    The pipeline remains shut down and cleanup is continuing.

    (Source: THV 11 News/The Associated Press)

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