Limit the Capacity of Major Exxon Pipeline

Goal: Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, and Bob Perciasepe (Administrator of EPA)

Target: Restrict the capacity at which the Pegasus Pipeline transports oil and take these considerations into the construction of the Keystone Pipeline.

Most Americans are aware of Exxon Mobil’s Keystone pipeline and the legislative battle that was fought in order to get it approved.  However, a lot fewer are aware the massive Pegasus pipeline, which brings tens of thousands of barrels of Canadian oil from Illinois to Texas refineries, and its recent burst in Arkansas that spilled at least 84,000 gallons of oil into the small town of Mayflower.  Unfortunately, this problem is not an isolated incident. Still, in 2009 Exxon was allowed to modify the capacity of the pipeline, increasing the volume of oil transported by 50 percent—or about 30,000 barrels per day.  By 2012, Bloomberg News reported the pipeline’s daily output to be 96,000 barrels of oil.

This treacherous pipeline should not have be traversing our country. Allowing Exxon – which has a spotty record of safely transporting oil – to expand the pipeline’s capacity and risk spills is ludicrous and must be restricted.  Moreover, these limitations should be applied in building the Keystone Pipeline.

The Pegasus pipeline crosses 13 miles of the Lake Maumelle watershed and crosses the Maumelle River at three different places in Arkansas alone.  This relatively small oil spill has forced the evacuation of 40 homes, and the lasting effect of contaminated water could devastate the entire community of Mayflower in years to come.  If allowed to continue at this rate, the Pegasus Pipeline threatens the health and welfare of American citizens as well as this country’s environmental stability.

Please sign this petition and urge the federal government as well as the Environmental Protection Agency to restrict the capacity at which the Pegasus as well as Keystone pipelines can operate.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Boehner, Mrs. Pelosi, and Mr. Perciasepe,

The recent Pegasus pipeline oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas is just one example of how treacherous these types pipelines are to American citizen’s health and welfare as well as the environmental stability of this country.

Despite Exxon mobile’s attempts to block the media’s coverage of this event, it has been reported that at least 84,000 gallons of oil have been spilled and 40 homes have been evacuated.

The Pegasus Pipeline crosses 13 miles of the Lake Mamelle watershed and crosses the Maumelle River at three places in Arkansas alone and this relatively small oil spill has already had drastic consequences and the lasting effect of contaminating water could devastate the entire community of Mayflower, Arkansas.

In 2009 Exxon was allowed to modify the capacity of the pipeline, increasing the volume of oil transported by 50 percent—or about 30,000 barrels per day.  By 2012, Bloomberg News reported the pipeline’s daily output to be 96,000 barrels of oil.  If allowed to continue at this rate, the keystone pipeline’s threatens both the American citizen’s health and welfare as well as this country’s environmental stability.

Please to all you can to ensure the federal government as well as the Environmental Protection Agency restricts the capacity at which the Keystone pipeline can operate and help stop oil spills across this country.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

photo credit: 350.org

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