Exxon Mobil seeks to bar files on abandoned pipeline project in oil spill case


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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Exxon Mobil says it shouldn't have to release any further information on a proposed but abandoned pipeline intended to run alongside the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured last March in central Arkansas.

The company is facing a class-action lawsuit by landowners after the Pegasus line split open, spilling more than 200,000 gallons of oil in a Mayflower subdivision.

Lawyers for the oil giant argued in a Monday court brief that information pertaining to the Texas Access Pipeline project isn't relevant to the case. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1vtFELY ) reports the project fell through after not getting enough shipping commitments from oil producers.

The plaintiffs' attorney says he believes Exxon Mobil doesn't want to release that information because it doesn't want to disclose information about replacing the Pegasus pipeline built in the late 1940s.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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