The report continued:
"He raised, too, a question mentioned here yesterday by another pipeline engineer about the wisdom of building new subdivisions over existing pipelines, as happened in Mayflower.
"Considering the potential stress of building on top of a pipeline and the high pressure used when transporting heavy crude," the developer of Northwoods should have worked with Exxon to reroute Pegasus around the neighborhood.
"Other options, he said, include replacing the section of the pipeline with newer, stronger steel or burying it deeper under the ground," But pipeline companies have little incentive to take costly preventative action.
"'Even if they get a fine the fine will be a small fraction of the cost to correct a dangerous condition,' he said."
Who is the Mayflower Incident Unified Command?
The command's letterhead includes the logos for ExxonMobil, Faulkner County, the U.S. Environmental Protection Service (EPA), and the City of Mayflower, Arkansas.
It's been hard for reporters on the scene to learn much more. Even CBS News had to stay outside the yellow tape.