Mayflower Oil Spill

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.

Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

As the cleanup of an oil spill continues, Arkansas’ Attorney General says it highlights the need for stricter pipeline standards.

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

According to FAA.gov, no pilots are to operate any aircraft over the area.

The restrictions are effective "until further notice," according to the website.

Click here to see details of the notice.

An FAA spokesman says the restrictions apply to aircraft flying at 1,000 feet or less, like news media helicopters and local aircraft. 

Federal pipeline safety officials have issued a corrective action order to ExxonMobil after one of the company's pipelines ruptured last week in central Arkansas. 

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued the order Tuesday after ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured Friday in the small city of Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Here is a press release from Exxon, Faulkner County, and the city of Mayflower on cleanup efforts:

http://www.faulknercounty.org/images/pdf/Mayflower_Press_Release_040213.pdf

Mayflower Incident Unified Command Joint Information Center

CONTACT: 703-846-4467

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2013

Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

On Wednesday, state investigators are to visit the site of last week’s rupture of an oil pipeline in Mayflower.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says his office has also told ExxonMobil, which owns the Pegasus Pipeline, to preserve all documents and information related to the spill and ongoing cleanup efforts.

The Arkansas Health Department says it could be weeks before Mayflower residents can return to their homes because of Friday’s oil spill.

An ExxonMobil pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil and the company is currently working to clean it up.

Ed Barham, a spokesman for the health department, says the crew has to safely remove and transport the contaminated soil away from the neighborhood.

An Arkansas pipeline spill that coated streets and lawns with a smelly, asphalt-like crude oil provides opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline with new ammunition to combat the project.

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