MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The company supplying drinking water for about 4,000 Arkansans has notified ExxonMobil that it is prepared to take legal action if necessary.
Central Arkansas Water workers say they're giving the oil company 60 days to take action against re-opening the Pegasus Pipeline, which ruptured in March, before they order a court date. The pipeline, which spilled oil in Mayflower, also runs near Lake Maumelle.
The water company says it will not support the pipeline starting back up, for fear that a similar oil spill may affect Lake Maumelle, until certain actions are taken. Those specific actions have not been detailed, but Central Arkansas Water told ExxonMobil that if the oil company provides satisfactory information about the pipeline near the Maumelle lake, they will sue to stop it from restarting.
"We haven't been given the information to be able to evaluate the pipeline and determine whether any other those issues are present," said John Tynan with CAW.
Exxon Mobil issued a statement saying, "We are currently reviewing the letter and are in the process of developing a response. We do not have a time frame for the restart of the Pegasus Pipeline. It will remain shut down, and we will not restart it until we are satisfied it is safe to do so and have the approval of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)."