LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - ExxonMobil is officially facing civil penalties now. The company is cited for nine violations, adding up to $2.6 million in damages after a pipeline ruptured in Mayflower earlier in the year.
A letter from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, dated November 6, 2013, states that the violations mostly concern management and operation of the Pegasus Pipeline, which ruptured and sent gallons of oil into a residential neighborhood.
Senator Mark Pryor released a statement on the lawsuit Wednesday:
"ExxonMobil has caused undue harm to Arkansas families, and they must be held accountable. I commend the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for issuing this penalty. The fight's not over, but this is a positive step forward as we work to make the Mayflower community whole again."
Congressman Tim Griffin is also speaking out. He said, "I'm committed to holding them accountable. When it comes to protecting our communities, our environment and our drinking water, meeting the minimum requirements of the law should be a given, and going the extra mile to ensure pipeline safety is the right thing to do."
The ExxonMobil trial is set for January 2015.