The agenda of the meeting Thursday of the Central Arkansas Water Commission indicates plans are afoot to reopen the Pegasus pipeline, which ruptured in Arkansas in 2013 spewing crude in Mayflower near Lake Conway.
The 650-mile pipeline runs through four states and was closed after the rupture. Since then, a portion in Texas has reopened.
I got tipped on the item last night by Barry Haas and haven’t been able to check yet with operators of the pipeline for specifics, but this is what appears on the CAW agenda:
Energy Transfer Partners notified CAW Staff on October
24th of its intent to initiate testing on the Pegasus Pipeline
for potential restart. Staff will review the history of the
pipeline with the Board and discuss initial reaction to the
most recent news.
Energy Transfer is majority-owned by Sunoco, which entered a partnership with ExxonMobil, the previous owner, in 2016. Inside Climate News recently did an extensive report on the health, environmental and cleanup costs from the spill, with many of the details shrouded in secrecy due to court settlements or actions of regulators.
CAW has a strong interest in the pipeline because it flows through its prime watershed.
Another item on the agenda is competition to provide solar energy to CAW to meet some of the utility’s power needs. The competition is between Entergy and Scenic Hill Solar, headed by Bill Halter. It would appear from agenda documents that Scenic Hill has offered the best price by a small margin though Entergy has suggested future rate cuts are possible. Details here.