Officials say about 140 claims have been made since an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured and spewed thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas last week.
The Pegasus pipeline ruptured last Friday in a neighborhood in Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. Oil spilled onto lawns and roadways and approached nearby Lake Conway. No one was injured, but authorities evacuated more than 20 homes in the area.
An ExxonMobil spokeswoman says crews have recovered about 19,000 barrels of oil and water since a pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas last week. That number from spokeswoman Kim Jordan is up from an estimated 12,000 barrels of water and oil that the company had previously cited.
ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured Friday, spilling thousands of barrels of oil in the small city of Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. No one was injured, but authorities evacuated more than 20 homes in the area.
A small-scale earthquake struck north central Arkansas Thursday morning. It is the seventh in the span of a few weeks to strike the Van Buren County area.
The highest registered a 2.8 on the Richter scale, and is the most powerful the region has seen since monitoring began. Scott Ausbrooks, Geo Hazards Supervisor for the Arkansas Geological Survey, says there are three potential causes for the increase in activity.
While legal action is being promised regarding Arkansas’ new voter ID law, Republicans announced a program Thursday to educate voters about it.
State GOP Chairman Doyle Webb says “Operation Vote Arkansas” is designed to assist people who don’t already have a photo ID.
“Once the Secretary of State’s office and the local counties are prepared to begin issuing IDs, the Arkansas GOP will activate its county level volunteer organizations in all 75 counties to help any voter who contacts us with the need to obtain a photo ID,” said Webb.
A proposal to allow private property owners to seek compensation if their property values decline by at least 25 percent because of changes in zoning or other laws has failed to get out of an Arkansas legislative panel.
The proposal from Republican Sen. Jim Hendren of Gravette failed to get enough votes to move out of the Arkansas House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Some opponents of Hendren's proposal said there's no need for such legislation. Others said it would have a chilling effect on zoning.
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