Why Is Exxon Taking Its Time Restarting Its Ruptured Dilbit Pipeline?

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Even though the lengthy outage is costing the company as much as $450,000 a day in lost revenue—about $90 million so far—Exxon is proceeding slowly.

By Elizabeth Douglass

In the six months since an ExxonMobil pipeline unleashed Canadian oil in an Arkansas neighborhood, nearby residents have had much to endure—the muck and stench of heavy crude, lengthy evacuations, sickness and economic loss.

They’ve also been in the national spotlight, as the upheaval in tiny Mayflower, Ark., has come to symbolize the risks of aging and overlooked oil pipelines, especially when they’re hundreds of mile long and carrying tar sands crude. From Illinois through Texas, many people who live along the pipeline’s route are now worrying about whether or when the ruptured line will resume pumping oil through 858 miles of fields, waterways, cities and suburban backyards.

"I have no say, and I have no idea what’s going to happen," said Mayflower resident Ann Jarrell, whose home is not far from where the Pegasus pipeline split open on March 29. "That’s the worst part—the not knowing."

That nagging uncertainty, however, is likely to persist for many more months.

See Also:

Exxon: No Plans Yet To Reopen Ruptured Pipeline, and No Answers Why

Dilbit in Exxon’s Pegasus May Have Contributed to Pipeline’s Rupture

Exxon Knew Its Ruptured Pipeline Was Old, Defective and Brittle, and Still Added New Stresses

Exclusive: Pipeline Safety Chief Says His Regulatory Process Is ‘Kind of Dying’

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