Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) sent a letter to Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation, urging Exxon to support the Central Arkansas Water (CAW) utility's request to relocate a section of the Pegasus pipeline. Here is an excerpt from the letter:
"I am monitoring ExxonMobil's ongoing cleanup efforts of the Pegasus Pipeline oil spill that occurred in Mayflower, Arkansas, on March 29, 2013, and I am confident that a complete and thorough investigation will determine the cause of the accident. We must do all we can to prevent accidents like this from happening, and I remain committed to ensuring that the concerns of the residents of Mayflower are addressed truthfully and fairly . Currently, the Pegasus Pipeline runs through about 13 miles of the Lake Maumelle watershed and also crosses some of the lake's tributaries. I am especially concerned that the steepness of the shoreline at Lake Maumelle could exacerbate contamination of the water supply in the event of an oil spill and make cleanup more difficult . I urge ExxonMobil to develop and implement CAW's request and work to provide an effective plan to relocate the pipeline."