Photo: 22-foot gash in Arkansas oil pipeline — “Substantially larger” than thought -Official

Published: April 15th, 2013 at 2:47 pm ET
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5NEWS, April 15, 2013: ExxonMobil will remove the damaged section of a pipeline that ruptured spilling thousands of barrells of oil into a Central Arkansas town. The 52-foot section of the pipe will be cut and placed on a flatbed truck for transport to an independent third-party laboratory for metallurgy testing [...] Water and air quality testing continues [...]

AP: An ExxonMobil pipeline that ruptured last month and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas has a gash in it that is 22 feet long and 2 inches wide, state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday. “The pipeline rupture is substantially larger than many of us initially thought,” McDaniel told reporters Wednesday evening. [...]

See also: CNN: Looks like the Exxon Valdez was cracked open in middle of Arkansas -- Town turned into La Brea tar pits (VIDEO)

Published: April 15th, 2013 at 2:47 pm ET
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14 comments to Photo: 22-foot gash in Arkansas oil pipeline — “Substantially larger” than thought -Official

  • Lion76 Lion76

    pointless quotes from pointless "authorities" and their "thoughts"


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    interesting "gash" A straight perfect cut, as though along a seam. Just what pressures are they using in these pipes anyway? The moment a pipe comes apart the pressure is reduced. Makes you wonder what force continued opening the pipe 2 inches. Think the reverse; what clamp pressure would be required to close that gap? First thoughts are an internal explosion (lightening?) or sabotage.


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    • Dogleg Dogleg

      Exactly what I thought Code. Looks like a seam. Could just be a defective piece that finally gave out, or maybe just one defective piece of many.


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      • Tim42

        The Alaskan pipe line is nearing it's End of Life. Their are abrasive particles in the crude which slowly erodes the walls of the pipeline. It's just a matter of time and flow rates before there is another failure.

        They're lucky it's not the dead of winter and the whole thing doesn't freeze slid like a giant chap-stick.


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    • robertsgt40

      I was in oilfield supply when the Alaska pipeline was being laid. You wouldn't believe how many mill reports were falsified to show materials meeting specs(lotta law suites). As to why the line blew, my guess it's one of two things. Substandard pipe or too high of pressure. With a gash that long I'd almost say both. Also, I think the crap they're pushing thru the line is REAL thick. Tougher than regular crude to push. Probably needed thicker walled pipe or less dense "oil". But then that would be costly. Can't have that.


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  • BigLoner

    OK, the split is not a field fabrication flaw, but rather in manufacturing. Who made the pipe? Where /when / quality control / tracking data. How many of same mfr / batch are installed / where under what operating pressure & ambients?

    Purina destroyed a lot of brand equity when all those dogs died of kidney failure from Chinese stuff under the brand.


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  • pcjensen

    uhm, they didn't just now see that…


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    What are we looking at here? It looks like the pipe was buried in the ground, they finally uncovered it to find the larger than thought gash. Interesting the dirt has no oil in it though, beyond a thimbleful. Same with the pipe, it seems pretty dry. Wrong pipe? wrong photo? Wrong story?


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  • We Not They Finally

    What about the AGE of the pipe that split? (I believe 60 years.) Older pipes are of course more unreliable. But America's infrastructure is falling apart from its state of disrepair. Does it never get repaired because politicians are temporary and they are paid off? Because who cares if it happens on someone else's watch? Part of this comes down to a nation where public service has a dwindling priority, to the detriment of us all. But we are now supposed to be up for the Keystone pipeline fileting its way through the whole center of the country? Forget it!


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  • PurpleRain BeachGirl

    That can't be the leaking pipe. The entire area would be covered and coated in that nasty goo if it were. These pictures are too clean and too tidy to be the real-deal. It's just more propaganda!


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    • omniversling

      Could have been pressure washed locally for pre-inspection. If I understand correctly from previous posts, this pipeline was installed in the 40s but not designed to carry the extra pressure required to move the thick stuff from tar sands. No legislation to require survey/permission to change usage.


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    A technicality has spared Exxon from having to pay any money into the fund that will be covering most of the clean up costs of its Arkansas pipeline spill. They say the tar sands oil is not oil but bitumen.

    The pipeline was built to carry 65,000 barrels a day, but Exxon was allowed to expand that to 95,000 barrels a day just a few years ago.

    Days after an ExxonMobil pipeline swamped an Arkansas subdivision, pouring an estimated 84,000 gallons of crude oil into residential streets, the National Safety Council presented Exxon Mobil Corporation with a safety award for its leadership and "comprehensive commitment to safety excellence.

    ExxonMobil's law enforcement proxies from the Faulkner County Sheriff's office threatened media with arrest, and the oil company got the FAA to allow a ExxonMobil employee to refuse media requests for overflights


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  • No coverage of this in BC Canada where I live. Pretty crummy that Exxon is off the hookto pay for damages as tar sands crude is "bituman" and not crude. Yeah its harderto clean and contains more chemicals as they add solvents to make the crud flow. Its not Canadian vs American but regular folk against enviromental terrorists that don't care how much they pollute as long as they make money. Sooner we kick these idiots to the curb the better. Here's one of many Canadians against Keystone and any other pipeline designed to ship this crap. We can do better here in Canada and elsewhere.


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