Exxon Mobil is demolishing two homes in Mayflower that have oil trapped beneath their foundations after the March oil spill.
Company spokesman Aaron Stryk calls it an effective and efficient way to ensure any remaining oil is removed.
Stryk says the overall work process on the two home sites will take closer to two weeks because all debris must be removed, contaminated soil will be excavated and replaced with clean soil, and then the two lots will be graded and sodded.
The former owners of the two houses sold them to Exxon as part of a compensation plan.
Health assessments for Mayflower residents affected by the March oil spill will be provided by the state, Gov. Mike Beebe's office announced Thursday.
Beginning next week, the Faulkner County Health Unit in Conway will offer appointment with nurses and specialists from the Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. These initial meetings will be used to evaluate a high number of patients who may have developed symptoms, such as lung and heart problems, as a result of the ruptured pipeline.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says more legal action will be coming from the state concerning the oil spill in Mayflower.
Monday McDaniel and Congressman Tim Griffin were guests on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show discussing pipeline safety. You can listen to the full hour at this link. McDaniel's segment begins about 13 minutes into the program. Griffin calls in toward the end of the show.
Two Arkansas state agencies have discussed whether testing is needed on fish in Lake Conway after a spring oil spill near its banks.
The Game and Fish Commission and Department of Environmental Quality have exchanged emails raising the possibility of tests on fish, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper of Little Rock.
After an Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in March, state officials said the spill did not pose a health hazard.