We reported earlier that the Central Arkansas Water utility had received word about testing and possible restart of the Pegasus pipeline, which ruptured in 2013 spilling crude oil in Mayflower.

The pipeline hasn’t been active in Arkansas since, though a portion in Texas is being used. The water utility has concerns because the line runs through the watershed from which drinking water is drawn.


I got a brief response today from the company, Energy Transfer (a Sunoco subsidiary) that bough the pipeline from ExxonMobil.

Said the note from Energy Transfer’s PR office:


We are performing integrity tests on our 648-mile, 20-inch pipeline that runs from Patoka, Illinois down to Texas. The purpose of the testing, as directed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, is to ascertain the current status of the pipeline as it has been inactive since the spring of 2013. The results of these tests will be thoroughly analyzed to determine any appropriate next steps in securing the integrity of the pipeline.