Judge Rules Exxon Must Face Negligence Lawsuit Over 210,000-Gallon Oil Spill

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BY EMILY ATKIN ON JUNE 11, 2014

Oil accumulates in a creek in Mayflower, Arkansas, after an ExxonMobil pipeline rupture. Oil accumulates in a creek in Mayflower, Arkansas, after an ExxonMobil pipeline rupture. CREDIT: GREENPEACE USA FLICKR

An Arkansas federal judge on Monday refused to let ExxonMobil off the hook from a lawsuit claiming the company violated federal and state clean water laws when its Pegasus Pipeline ruptured in March 2013, spilling approximately 210,000 gallons of Canadian tar sands crude oil into the small community of Mayflower.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker denied the company’s motion to dismiss, saying the lawsuit offered sufficient proof that ExxonMobil may have committed two violations of the Clean Water Act, two violations of Arkansas’ air and water regulations, and one hazardous materials violation. The lawsuit, brought by both the federal and Arkansas governments, says ExxonMobil should pay up to $4,300 per…

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