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White House says safety "paramount concern" for Exxon pipeline spill in Arkansas.

| WASHINGTON, April 1 (KUNA) -- The White House on Monday said safety was of paramount concern after thousands of gallons of crude oil leaks out of Exxon's Mobile Pegasus pipeline in central Arkansas.

"Obviously safety is of paramount concern in the way we look at these applications and our national interest determination," the White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

The most recent oil spill forced at least 22 houses to be evacuated while workers cleaned up the spill. The Obama administration is looking into the incident while considering approving the controversial Keystone pipeline.

"It's an essential consideration that we take into account. And we consult extensively, including with all of the expert agencies. So it's one of the things that goes into our overall look at the Keystone pipeline," Carney told reporters.

Republicans and some Democrats in Congress argue the Keystone pipeline will create thousands of jobs and improve US energy security. The Senate on March 22 approved 62-37 a non-binding resolution encouraging development of the project. If built, the pipeline each day could carry more than 800,000 barrels of diluted bitumen, or dilbit, from Canada to refineries along the US Gulf Coast. (end) KUNA 012315 Apr 13NNNN

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Date:Apr 1, 2013
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