Arkansas Asks That Pipeline Lawsuit Stay Alive

Sep 10, 2013

Arkansas' attorney general has filed papers in federal court saying a lawsuit against the operator a pipeline that soiled the town of Mayflower should be allowed to proceed. 

Mayflower Oil Spill
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ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. wants a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying state and federal officials who complained about pollution failed to state a claim for which relief can be granted.

Thousands of barrels of oil spilled near Lake Conway in late March.

The governments want a judge to declare that ExxonMobil broke pollution laws and didn't have permission to store recovered oil in a manner that creates a "public nuisance or a public health hazard." They're also seeking civil penalties, costs and damages.

In court papers filed Monday, the state says ExxonMobil's in-house documents classify portions of the material as "hazardous."