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Mon July 22, 2013

Griffin Proposes Tax Relief After Arkansas Oil Spill

An Arkansas congressman is proposing tax relief for people affected by the oil spill in Mayflower this year.

Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said Monday that people affected the oil spill deserve to be compensated, and he says they shouldn't have to pay more taxes because of that compensation.

Tim Griffin
Arkansas Congressman Tim Griffin
Credit CHARLES DHARAPAK / AP

ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured on March 29, spilling thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower.

The spill damaged properties and led authorities to evacuate more than 20 homes.

The measure Griffin introduced on Thursday would prevent money that ExxonMobil provides to Mayflower residents from being taxable by classifying it as disaster relief payments.

An ExxonMobil spokesman said he would respond to a request for comment Monday, but he didn't immediately do so. Griffin represents central Arkansas' 2nd District.