The Arkansas attorney general said Tuesday that he will investigate the cause and impact of an oil spill after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured last week. State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel also is asking ExxonMobil to preserve all documents and information related to Friday's oil spill and ongoing cleanup efforts in Mayflower, a small city about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.
Three days after an Exxon pipeline in Central Arkansas burst and soaked the town of Mayflower in thousands of barrels of crude oil, the cleanup is ongoing. At last count, 12,000 barrels of oil and water have been dumped on the small town.
A resident who lives close to the scene of the oil spill gives this account:
"I live on Highway 365, adjacent to the interstate, in Mayflower. First of all, I feel thankful that the men and women of my community, who have no special training or local oversight, were able to work together and pull resources to contain the oil. When I exited the interstate on my way home on Friday at around 3:30 pm, the oil smell came on all at once.
Over 100 workers and several vacuum trucks continue to clean up oil after a pipeline operated by ExxonMobil burst near Mayflower on Friday. The oil spill, which has been contained, caused officials in Faulkner County to evacuate 22 homes as lawns and streets in the Northwood subdivision became drenched in oil.
Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson says Friday's rupture of an oil company pipeline in a residential area of Mayflower near Lake Conway could have been much worse than it was.
Workers have stopped the flow of oil out of the pipeline in the North Woods subdivision of Mayflower, and Dodson says he believes the leaked crude is mostly contained. No one was injured, though about 50 homes had to be evacuated.