Mayflower Oil Spill

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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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
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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
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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.

Amber Bartlett was waiting last Friday for her kids to come home from school. One of them called from the entrance to the upscale subdivision near Little Rock, Ark., to tell her the community was being evacuated because of an oil spill. Bartlett was amazed by what she saw out her front door.

"I mean, just rolling oil. I mean, it was like a river," she says. "It had little waves in it."

 The news media in Arkansas is finding it harder to cover the Mayflower oil spill. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has placed flight restrictions on the airspace over the Mayflower oil spill site.

KUAR News contacted an FAA spokesman about the restrictions. He did not want his comments recorded but said the restrictions apply to aircraft flying at 1,000 feet or less, like news media helicopters and local aircraft.

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has allayed Governor Mike Beebe’s initial concerns about the recent pipeline rupture and oil spill in Mayflower. The Governor spoke today with Cynthia Quarterman, head of the agency which runs under the Department of Transportation.

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