A rupture at a section of a pipeline belonging to ExxonMobil has spilled thousands of barrels of oil.
US oil giant ExxonMobil has admitted it was forced to shut down a major oil pipeline, following a rupture at a section of the pipeline near Mayflower in Arkansas that led to the spill of thousands of barrels of oil.
Exxon shut the 20-inch Pegasus pipeline after the leak was discovered on Friday afternoon.
The major pipeline transfers crude from Pakota, Illinois, to the Gulf Coast.
In an official statement, ExxonMobil said it was preparing a response for a spill of more than 10,000 barrels.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has categorized the incident as a “major spill.”
The giant US oil company announced that 22 homes were evacuated following the incident.
Clean-up crews have so far recovered around 4,500 barrels of crude and water.