Mayflower Oil Spill

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11:35 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Arkansas AG Plans To Investigate Oil Spill

Oil spilling into a neighborhood in Mayflower on Friday, March 29, 2013.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is going to open an investigation into the cause and impact of last week's ExxonMobil pipeline rupture.

McDaniel's office said Tuesday that they're asking ExxonMobil to preserve all documents and information related to Friday's oil spill and ongoing cleanup efforts in Mayflower, about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Crews have recovered about 12,000 barrels of oil and water since the Pegasus pipeline ruptured on Friday afternoon. Oil spewed onto lawns and roadways and nearly fouled nearby Lake Conway.

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Mayflower Oil Spill
9:57 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Resident Speaks Out on Effect of Mayflower Oil Spill

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.

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7:47 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Residents Still Kept From Homes Because Of Oil Spill

A worker uses a vacuum truck to suck oil out of a ditch along I-40, near the oil spill in Mayflower.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

It could be several more days before nearly two dozen residents of a neighborhood in Mayflower will be able to return to their homes.

Crews continue cleaning up after an oil pipeline broke Friday.

Walking through the neighborhood, there’s still the distinct smell of oil, though Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson says it’s certainly much better than it was.

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2:53 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas Group Cleans Animals After Oil Spill

A duck before her bath.
Credit HAWK Facebook Page

As cleanup efforts continue after the oil spill in Mayflower, Exxon is calling on various community groups for help.

Lynne Slater is the Executive Director of HAWK Center in Russellville. Her group is an all-volunteer organization with experience in wildlife rehabilitation. 

Slater says Exxon contacted her organization over the weekend to see if they could transport animals covered in oil to her facility for cleaning and monitoring.

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Arkansas Oil Spill
11:49 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Were You Impacted by Mayflower Oil Spill?

KUAR is looking for the stories of residents affected by the Mayflower oil spill.

Were you evacuated? Do you have friends and/or family members who were impacted?

Leave a comment below, on our Facebook page, or e-mail

Arkansas Oil Spill
9:53 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Oil Spill Contained, Crews Focus On Cleanup


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.

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9:56 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Faulkner Co. Judge: "It Could Have Been Worse"

Crude oil oozing out of the ground Friday in residential Mayflower
Credit KARK News 4

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.

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4:54 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Oil Spilling into Lake Conway, Neighborhood Evacuated

Murky waters on the edge of Lake Conway following today's pipeline rupture.
Credit KLRT/ Fox 16 Facebook Page

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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