Mayflower Oil Spill

Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

On Sunday, officials with ExxonMobil and local leaders allowed the press to get its first look at an area where an oil pipeline ruptured a week and a half ago, spilling an estimated 5,000 barrels of tar sands.

The tour occurred as workers in yellow hazmat suits continued working to clean up the upscale neighborhood in Mayflower.

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A large group of community members gathered at the Faulkner County Library to air grievances and discuss what the future might entail for residents in Mayflower. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman was there and has this report.

UCA Professor Allisson Wallace, unaffiliated with any group, reserved access to the library for the organizational meeting.

Glen Hooks, of the Sierra Club, spoke at the beginning of the meeting and asked if representatives from Exxon were present to listen to the community,

ExxonMobil Revises Estimate Of Barrels Spilled

Apr 6, 2013

ExxonMobil has put a number to its estimate for the volume of oil that spilled at Mayflower. State officials had estimated between 3,500 and 5,000 barrels were set loose in last week's accident.

On Friday, ExxonMobil said 5,000 barrels spilled and said it is conducting a response adequate for a 10,000-barrel spill. No one was hurt in the March 29 pipeline rupture but more than 20 homes had to be evacuated. There is still no estimate for when those people can return.

KUAR's Michael Hibblen addresses issues surrounding media access to the Mayflower oil spill site and other issues in the news this week.

The first lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court over the Mayflower oil spill that occurred one week ago today.

The 16-page lawsuit seeks 5-million dollars in damages and was filed by two women who are live in the neighborhood where the oil spill occurred.

The lawsuit was filed by themselves and “all other similarly situated, to obtain monetary relief.”

The case has been assigned to District Judge Brian Miller and Magistrate Jerome Kearney.

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Arkansas Geological Commission

Many residents in central Arkansas have been concerned after hearing Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announce there is oil in Lake Conway as a result of the ExxonMobil pipeline rupture in Mayflower.

One of the many questions this raises is, “What does this mean for our drinking water supply?” 

John Tynan is Watershed Protection Manager with Central Arkansas Water, which provides drinking water for about 400,000 people in area.

“We have two sources of [water] supply: Lake Maumelle and Lake Winona. Lake Conway, which is

About 140 Claims Made Since Arkansas Oil Spill

Apr 5, 2013

Officials say about 140 claims have been made since an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured and spewed thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas last week.

The Pegasus pipeline ruptured last Friday in a neighborhood in Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. Oil spilled onto lawns and roadways and approached nearby Lake Conway. No one was injured, but authorities evacuated more than 20 homes in the area. 

Crews Recover 19,000 Barrels Of Oil, Water In Arkansas

Apr 5, 2013
Mayflower Oil Spill
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An ExxonMobil spokeswoman says crews have recovered about 19,000 barrels of oil and water since a pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas last week. That number from spokeswoman Kim Jordan is up from an estimated 12,000 barrels of water and oil that the company had previously cited.

ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured Friday, spilling thousands of barrels of oil in the small city of Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. No one was injured, but authorities evacuated more than 20 homes in the area.

A press release from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says the following:

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is posting air quality monitoring data from the site of the March 29 ExxonMobil pipeline spill in Mayflower on the agency’s public website.

More Oiled Animals Found After Mayflower Oil Spill

Apr 4, 2013
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Officials say at least 16 oily birds, seven turtles, nine reptiles, a beaver and a muskrat have been recovered for treatment since an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured last week in central Arkansas.

Authorities are urging people not to touch any injured or oiled animals as crews clean up Friday's spill in Mayflower, a small town about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Crews have also recovered thousands of barrels of oil and water since an Exxon Mobil pipeline sprung a leak and spewed oil onto lawns and roadways.

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