Oil released from the ruptured Pegasus Pipeline. Screenshot taken from Drew Barnes/Youtube

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Mobil Pipe Line Company agreed to pay $5 million in civil penalties on Wednesday to settle Clean Water Act and environmental violations for a 2013 crude spill in Arkansas.

The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Exxon will pay $3.19 million in civil penalties and will need to take steps to “address pipeline safety issues and oil spill response capability.”

The penalties are tied to a March 2013 rupture in the Pegasus Pipeline that spilled about 3,1900 barrels, or 134,000 gallons, of crude in Northwoods neighborhood of Mayflower, Arkansas.

The spill forced some residents to evacuate their homes and also contaminated a nearby creek, wetlands and a cove at Lake Conway.

Exxon will also pay $1 million in state civil penalties, $600,000 for a water improvement project at Lake Conway and $280,000 to cover litigation costs incurred by Arkansas’s Attorney General Office.

The penalties are in addition to funds the company has already spent on cleanup efforts.

The settlement is subject to a 30 day comment period and must still receive court approval.


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