Arkansas Agencies Considering Fish Testing After Oil Spill

Aug 16, 2013

File photo of workers in a marsh near Lake Conway in April.
Credit Joint Command

Two Arkansas state agencies have discussed whether testing is needed on fish in Lake Conway after a spring oil spill near its banks.

The Game and Fish Commission and Department of Environmental Quality have exchanged emails raising the possibility of tests on fish, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper of Little Rock.

After an Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in March, state officials said the spill did not pose a health hazard.

Testing fish from the lake may determine whether that claim is still good. The two agencies say water testing has shown that the oil spill did not impact the main body of Lake Conway.

The Game and Fish Commission says there is no indication that fish from the lake are not safe to eat.