Enlarge / A dredged oil pipeline, which is under federal investigation for potentially causing oil spills, is shown in this undated handout photo provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.
(AP Photo/EPA) Enlarge/ An undated aerial view of the ExxonMobil pipeline that is under scrutiny by federal investigators, as seen in this handout image provided by EPA.
(EPA) EPA is investigating whether ExxonMobil knowingly or negligently covered up oil spills that could have been caused by a pipe project that was dredged into a bay in the Gulf of Mexico.
An agency spokeswoman confirmed Monday that the EPA is conducting an investigation into ExxonMobil’s actions on the project known as the Exxon Mobil pipeline, a project that has received a $5 billion federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security.
The EPA is also looking into whether Exxon knew of a possible environmental hazard to the bay that was contained in the pipeline’s sediment and was covered up by Exxon.
The EPA said ExxonMobil received a federal grant for dredge work on the pipeline, and the company has agreed to take corrective action on the dredge project.
ExxonMobil said in a statement Monday that ExxonMobil is committed to ensuring that the dredged oil is removed safely from the bay.
The company said it would donate $5 million to the Environmental Defense Fund to support the cleanup of the bay’s sediment, a process ExxonMobil has promised to undertake.
“The EPA is taking this matter seriously, and we will continue to work with EPA and other federal agencies to protect the health of our environment,” the statement said.