Mayflower Oil Spill

McDaniel at Mayflower Oil Spill
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.

Mayflower Oil Spill Lake Conway
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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.

Karen Tyrone
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A vice president at ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. says it's possible that a 65-year-old pipe that leaked oil into a Mayflower neighborhood could be taken out of service.

Karen Tyrone told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story published Thursday that it is too early to say for sure whether the pipeline will be closed, but she said it is one thing being considered.

The line carries heavy Canadian crude from Illinois to the Texas Gulf Coast.

A seam ripped in late March, spilling 210,000 gallons in Mayflower.

More documents related to ExxonMobil's Pegasus Pipeline are now public. Arkansas's Second District Congressman Tim Griffin released inspection reports on the pipeline obtained from the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Two of the documents date from 2010 and one was compiled just weeks before the pipeline break which spilled an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in Mayflower.

A consultant has been hired by Central Arkansas Water to assess possible vulnerabilities in the Maumelle Watershed caused by ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline.

Tectonic Engineering and Surveying Consultants was awarded a 160 thousand dollar contract to evaluate the consequences of the physical damage to the pipeline, which crosses through the watershed. The third party consultants are necessary to ensure the safety and integrity of the water supply. Central Arkansas Water Protection Manager John Tynan says the assessment will provide information still needed regarding the pipeline.

Congressman Tim Griffin is to meet Thursday with representatives of the federal agency that oversees pipeline safety to express his growing frustration with the slow response to requests for help in assessing inspection report data.

The full forensic metallurgical report on the cause of the rupture of the 65-year-old ExxonMobil pipeline in Mayflower on March 29 has been released, primarily blaming original manufacturing defects.

A forensic metallurgical report of Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus Pipeline has been made public. The 243-page report by the Hurst Metallurgical Research Laboratory was commissioned by the oil company and details how manufacturing defects and other stresses during the pipeline’s service contributed to a 22-foot long rupture.

Mayflower oil spill

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate Wednesday is expected to ensure Mayflower oil spill victims get tax relief. 

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansans says The Mayflower Oil Spill Tax Relief Act of 2013 aims to protect affected residents by making sure compensation from ExxonMobil is not taxed by the federal government. 

In a conference call with reporters, Pryor said the legislation has specific goals.

Griffin Proposes Tax Relief After Arkansas Oil Spill

Jul 22, 2013
Tim Griffin

An Arkansas congressman is proposing tax relief for people affected by the oil spill in Mayflower this year.

Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said Monday that people affected the oil spill deserve to be compensated, and he says they shouldn't have to pay more taxes because of that compensation.

ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured on March 29, spilling thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower.

The spill damaged properties and led authorities to evacuate more than 20 homes.

Mayflower oil spill

ExxonMobil says an analysis by an independent lab concludes that original manufacturing defects caused the rupture of a pipeline on March 29.

An estimated 150,000 gallons of tar sands flowed through a residential neighborhood in Mayflower after the break in the 65-year-old Pegasus pipeline.

Hurst Metallurgical Research Laboratory inspected the damaged section, which was removed from the ground, exposing a 22 foot gash.