Leaks, legislation, and lessons

10/10/2011
More than 3 months after ExxonMobil Pipeline Co.'s 12-in. OD Silvertip pipeline spilled 1,000 bbl of crude oil into the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., neither ExxonMobil nor the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have determined the spill's cause. In the spill's aftermath, ExxonMobil Pres. Gary Preussing told a US House of Representatives committee that the company had operated the pipeline in compliance with all regulations but took full responsibility for the spill. An ExxonMobil spokesperson explained that the company had shut down the pipeline for 1 day in May to analyze its safety record regarding anticipated seasonal flooding. Determining the pi...
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