Judge OKs Agreement in Arkansas ExxonMobile Oil Leak Suit

August 13, 2015

A federal judge has signed an agreement among the operators of an oil pipeline and state and federal governments to end a lawsuit filed over a pipeline rupture that soiled land and water in central Arkansas in 2013.

U.S. District Judge Kris Baker said the agreement complies with the Clean Water Act and is fair to ExxonMobil and the governments.

Central Arkansas Water failed to block the agreement among the ExxonMobile Pipeline Co., the Mobil Pipe Line Co. and the state and U.S. governments. The utility wanted the company to move the Pegasus pipeline from the watershed that serves the Little Rock metro area.

In April, the sides announced a proposed $5 million settlement that included penalties for state and federal violations following a 3,190-barrel spill near Mayflower.

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