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Tue November 19, 2013

Oil Spill Damages Exceed $70 Million, ExxonMobil Says

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A new report says the March oil spill in Mayflower has caused an estimated $70.5 million in damages for ExxonMobil.

The figures were reported in an updated accident report submitted late last month to the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Exxon's pipeline ruptured March 29, spilling thousands of barrels of oil in the community about 30 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Exxon spokesman Aaron Stryk says the damage total does not include the purchase of houses in the Mayflower subdivision. Stryk says the $70.5 million figure reflects cleanup and environmental remediation costs.

The company has offered to buy homes based on appraisals from before the oil spill. Property records show that Exxon had purchased 20 of the subdivision's 62 houses as of Monday.