Arkansas Environment

Authorities are investigating what caused an Exxon Mobil pipeline to rupture in Mayflower, Ark., Friday. The oil spill caused 22 homes to be evacuated, according to an Exxon statement.

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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.

Mayflower Oil Spill
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A crude oil pipeline ruptured this afternoon near Mayflower, causing oil to spill into Lake Conway.

Haz-Mat crews are on the scene near Mayflower in Faulkner County.

Brandon Morris with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says Exxon owns the pipeline.

Morris says the Haz-Mat crews are evaluating the situation, and will likely call on the Department of Environmental Quality to do an assessment of the lake and the surrounding area.

There’s no word yet on how much oil spilled or what caused the pipeline to burst.

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