Mayflower Oil Spill

Mayflower Oil Spill

A federal judge has denied a request by ExxonMobil to throw out a joint federal and state lawsuit that seeks to penalize the company for a pipeline spill that dumped an estimated 150,000 gallons of crude oil in a central Arkansas neighborhood.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday issued an order saying U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer and Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel sufficiently stated a case that ExxonMobil violated the law to warrant going to trial.

Mayflower Oil Spill
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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.

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.

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.

Stay Granted In Case Over Exxon Pipeline Spill

Oct 11, 2013
Mayflower Oil Spill

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.

Mayflower Oil Spill

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.

Arkansas Asks That Pipeline Lawsuit Stay Alive

Sep 10, 2013
Mayflower Oil Spill

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.

Trial Date Proposed For Arkansas Oil Spill Lawsuit

Aug 30, 2013

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.

Mayflower oil spill

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.

ExxonMobil's Karen Tyrone & Johnita Jones
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.