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Mayflower Pipeline Rupture Pictures May Indicate Cause of Spill

Rick Kuprewicz is an expert based in Seattle and says the way the pipeline is welded could be to blame for the Mayflower pipeline rupture.
MAYFLOWER- Nearly 3 weeks after the Mayflower oil spill, the cause is still unknown, but a pipeline safety consultant says the way the pipeline split explains a lot.

Rick Kuprewicz is an expert based in Seattle and says the way the pipeline is welded could be to blame for the Mayflower pipeline rupture.

He says that's just based on looking at pictures of the long seam crack in the pipeline. Kuprewicz says once the broken portion is inspected and tested, it won't take long to figure out what went wrong.

Exxon Mobil removed the ruptured portion of the pegasus pipeline that spilled thousands of barrels of oil through the Northwoods subdivision in Mayflower March 29th, and a new section of pipeline is now in place.
Exxon sent the damaged portion to an independent third-party laboratory hoping to find answers to the question why this happened.

According to Kuprewicz, a pipeline safety consultant, the question why shouldn't be that difficult. "The picture clearly indicated while there might be some sort of third party related issues, the pipe clearly failed along the seam or very close to it."

He says the broken portion needs to be analyzed, but the rupture doesn't have anything to do with the fact that the pegasus pipeline is 65 years old. "Pipe steel itself doesn't age, but if you disrespect it, it can fail regardless of the age. I've seen new pipe rapidly deteriorate within a year or two because it wasn't either constructed, maintained, or operated appropriately."

Kuprewicz says the cause of the spill should be known soon. "I don't think it's going to take them very long to figure out what caused the pipe to fail."

While this rupture is consistent with a weld seam failure, Kuprewicz says it's still too soon to speculate. "There are a lot of good safety regulations out there and companies who follow them intend to stay away from things. The fact that this pipeline ruptured would indicate that something isn't right in the process."

Exxon Mobil is holding a press conference Thursday, April 18th at the Mayflower City Hall at 9am to provide an update on the response to the oil spill.
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