Exxon Mobile Corp.'s Fractured Pegasus Pipeline Provokes Class Action Lawsuit
Exxon Mobile Corp.’s Fractured Pegasus Pipeline Provokes Class Action Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit has been filed for property owners who have a contractual easement on their property for the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline. The lawsuit followed the fracture of the 65-year-old pipeline on March 29, 2013, near Mayflower, Arkansas, which resulted in the worst crude oil and tar sands spill in that state’s history.
The fractured pipeline, in addition to exposing people to toxic substances, has also caused severe property damage. Exxon Mobile allegedly has failed to honor its contractual agreement (as laid down in the easements) by not maintaining and repairing the aging, broken-down pipeline.
Eligible for the class action lawsuit are people and entities who own property as of March 29, 2013, with an easement for the pipeline on their land; involved property stretches across Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois, and the size of the class is expected to be in the thousands.
Exxon's wrongful conduct concerning the Pegasus Pipeline violates the private easement contracts. The pipeline continues to put people at risk from potential fractures and ruptures.
Built in the 1940s, the Pegasus Pipeline Reversed Its Flow
The Pegasus pipeline, built in 1947 and 1948, transported oil from Nederland, Texas, to Patoka, Ill. Then the flow was reversed in 2006 as oil production from the Alberta tar sands increased. That change may have contributed to the March 29, 2013 break because the tar sands, a heavier and more acidic oil than crude, must flow at higher temperatures – and both these factors are linked to increased pipe corrosion.
In addition, to be transported for long distances, Canadian tar sand must be diluted with lighter hydrocarbons. The toxins in this tar sand mixture include chemicals such as benzene (which can cause cancer and blood disorders in human studies) and hydrogen sulfide, a highly toxic gas. Dangerous to humans, the mixture contaminates air and water, as well as food sources, and is highly flammable.
Class Action Lawsuit
If you are a real property owner in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois who has an easement for the pipeline on your land prior to March 29, 2013, please complete the contact form on the right or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) for a free case evaluation.