Mayflower Oil Spill

Mayflower Oil Spill
5:50 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

On Anniversary, Panel Discusses Mayflower Oil Spill Effects

(Left to right) Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson, Congressman Tim Griffin, Tammie Hynum with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and Graham Rich, CEO of Central Arkansas Water.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

On the one year anniversary of the Mayflower Oil Spill, those involved in the response came together to discuss how the pipeline rupture was handled, lessons learned and whether it should ever be allowed to reopen. The discussion was held at the Clinton School of Public Service.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel eventually filed a lawsuit, along with the federal government, seeking punitive damages.

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9:15 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas Panel To Discuss Mayflower Oil Spill Effects

A panel discussion set in Little Rock will review how the Mayflower oil spill last year has affected that community so far, which is about 30 miles northwest of Arkansas' capital city.

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6:01 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

ExxonMobil: Eight Months and 17 Lawsuits Later

Mayflower Oil Spill Lake Conway
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Lawsuits and allegations of safety violations are mounting against ExxonMobil over the rupture of a pipeline that spilled thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower. 

Over eight months have passed since the Pegasus Pipeline ruptured and there are at least 17 lawsuits filed against Exxon or its subsidiaries in state and federal courts.

Earlier this month the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration alleged nine "probable" violations of safety regulations related to the spill.

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5:43 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Stay Granted In Case Over Exxon Pipeline Spill

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A judge has granted federal prosecutor's request to stay proceedings in a lawsuit over the ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower.

U.S. District Judge James Moody on Thursday granted the request for a stay in the case because of the partial government shutdown. 

Prosecutors said in a court document Wednesday that most attorneys with the U.S.

Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were unable to work on the case, even on a voluntary basis, because of the lapse in federal funding.

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12:16 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Exxon Tears Down Two Homes In Mayflower

Photo of March oil spill in Mayflower

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.

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5:59 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Arkansas Asks That Pipeline Lawsuit Stay Alive

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Arkansas' attorney general has filed papers in federal court saying a lawsuit against the operator a pipeline that soiled the town of Mayflower should be allowed to proceed. 

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. wants a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying state and federal officials who complained about pollution failed to state a claim for which relief can be granted.

Thousands of barrels of oil spilled near Lake Conway in late March.

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6:11 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Trial Date Proposed For Arkansas Oil Spill Lawsuit

A trial date has been proposed for a federal lawsuit about a central Arkansas oil spill.

An online record filed Thursday in Little Rock federal court proposes a trial that would start sometime during the week of June 16.

State and federal officials filed the lawsuit in June after a pipeline operated by ExxonMobil Pipeline Company ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil at Mayflower on March 29.

State and federal authorities want a judge to find that ExxonMobil broke the law when the pipeline failed. They're also seeking civil penalties, costs and damages.

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3:47 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Measures Being Taken to Ensure Health of Mayflower Community

The scene shortly after the pipeline ruptured in March, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil.
Credit KUAR

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.

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4:53 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

ExxonMobil Seeks To Reassure Officials About Safety Of Pipeline

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company executives Karen Tyrone, vice-president, and Johnita Jones, pipeline risk and integrity manager, speak to reporters Monday at the Capitol.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Representatives of the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company are working to reassure state legislators and officials about the safety of the Pegasus pipeline.

It follows the March rupture of the pipeline in Mayflower, spilling more than 200,000 gallons of oil.

Monday, Karen Tyrone, vice-president of the company, was among executives at the Capitol, meeting with state lawmakers, local officials and representatives of Central Arkansas Water.

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12:37 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

McDaniel & Griffin Guests On NPR's Diane Rehm Show Discussing Mayflower Oil Spill

File photo of McDaniel touring the site of the oil spill in April, just a few days after the rupture occurred.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

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.

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