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ExxonMobil says four residences ready for reentry

18 other homes opening in phases

Posted: April 8, 2013 - 4:54pm
COURTNEY SPRADLIN STAFF PHOTO    Workers clean up effects of the oil spill along the street in Mayflower.
COURTNEY SPRADLIN STAFF PHOTO Workers clean up effects of the oil spill along the street in Mayflower.

Four of the 22 residences evacuated from the Northwoods subdivision, following the ExxonMobile oil spill in Mayflower, are inhabitable again, according to the company.

A press release issued late Monday by the Mayflower Incident Unified Command Joint Information Center states the decision to move back into the homes is up to the residents, but it is recommended by the Arkansas Department of Health that air quality testing be done in and around the homes before the residents return.

The residents of the remaining 18 homes will be given the option to return in phases as their properties are cleaned, the release states.

Residents of Starlite Road and Shade Tree Lane were evacuated following the March 29 oil spill.

Other residents in the neighborhood and on nearby streets were not evacuated, but officials have kept the public from entering the neighborhood.

ExxonMobil crews have had industrial equipment inside the neighborhood to excavate oil-saturated soil and vegetation.

According to Exxon, the company has received 157 claims from Mayflower residents as of Monday.

“ExxonMobil is paying for the cleanup and will honor all valid claims. The company understands that residents have concerns related to short term out-of-pocket costs as well possible longer-term impacts on home property values and is committed to honoring all valid claims,” the release states.

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Little Rock Daniel
Little Rock Daniel 04/09/13 - 09:17 am

That's when evacuated residents should return to their homes. NOT EVER. Hire Bekins, have ExxonMobil provide them with HazMat III suits and respirators, clear out your former homes of personal effects, turn around, walk away, and never look back. See Also:Love Canal, NY; See Also:Times Beach, MO; See Also:Fukushima, Japan. There are plenty of nice towns on nice (non-polluted) Lakes with good schools and good neighbors. Those other places have the added benefit of not being on top of, adjacent to, or downwind from, the largest industrial sewage spill in Our State's history. MOVE. NOW.

Fannie Bates
Fannie Bates 04/09/13 - 09:38 am
Exxon wants us to think everything is okay...

Ever since Exxon decided to run the dirtiest oil-like product on the planet through residential areas, they have been working on a plan: How to keep the dangerous nature of tar sand slurry a secret and how to lull the residents of the future tar sands slurry ruptures and spills into believing that this is just another crude oil spill. Crude oil is to tar sands slurry as Kool-aid is to moonshine. Exxon does not know how to clean up a tar sands slurry spill. Nobody does. Everything they are doing is a dog and pony show just to create the illusion that they care about the residents of Mayflower. The tar sand was being transported in a liquid dilutant (probably liquid natural gas). They have refused to tell the public exactly what all was in that pipe. There have probably been hundreds of thousands of gallons of liquid natural gas which have leaked out of cracks in that pipe over the years, laced with benzene, arsenic, cyanide, mercury, etc. Mayflower needs soil samples done by an independent party - somebody not afraid of Exxon. And we need to do an analysis of all cancers and deaths along that pipeline route since 2006, compared to counties that do not have a tar sands slurry pipeline. Everything Exxon says is carefully calculated to make us think everything is going to be okay.

crypted quill
crypted quill 04/09/13 - 09:41 am
Ummmm... I'm guessing the

Ummmm... I'm guessing the paper towel crew is done? Also, too, coupons for Brawny paper towels available to each homeowner... courtesy of Exxon!

BigDaddyD 04/09/13 - 10:49 am

1. What came first the pipeline or the subdivision?
2. How old is this pipeline?
3. Is there an image of the exact point where the pipeline ruptured?
4. Is there a map that shows the route of this pipeline through Faulkner County?

crypted quill
crypted quill 04/09/13 - 11:35 am
QUESTIONS: Have all been

QUESTIONS: Have all been answered!

David 04/09/13 - 11:01 am

Did you just need some filler, LCD?

Simon says move out of your house!

Simon says move back in!

Put your hands on your hips!

Oops, gotcha!

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