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Update: Exxon demolishes two Northwoods homes with oil at their foundations

Posted: October 7, 2013 - 12:21pm
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Two homes with oil at their foundations were demolished by Exxon Monday in the Northwoods neighborhood in Mayflower, where the company's Pegasus crude oil pipeline ruptured six months ago.

The two homes, 32 and 36 N. Starlite, were never cleared for re-entry after the March 29 spill that leaked thousands of barrels of Wabasca heavy crude and a mixture of industry dilutants into the neighborhood.

Exxon purchased 32 N. Starlight from Charles Williams on Aug. 26 for $151,000, according to Faulkner County's assessor data at www.arcountydata.com.

Williams purchased the property in 2009 for $130,000. The house on that lot was built in 2006, according to assessor information.

The home at 36 N. Starlite, the second to be demolished Monday, was purchased by Exxon Aug. 21 at a price lower than the amount homeowners paid about a year before the oil spill.

According to records, Jose Modica and Daneshia Roberts-Modica bought the house in 2012 for $180,000, and it was sold to Exxon for $177,000.

The house on that property was also built in 2006, according to records.

Since Exxon rolled out an extensive property purchase program for the entire Northwoods neighborhood in the month after the spill, the company has closed five deals, Exxon spokesman Aaron Stryk confirmed, and not all five are among the 22 homes that were evacuated in the oil spill.

Five homes have been purchased, but the number will change soon, Stryk said.

He said the company is in negotiations with the property owner at 44 N. Starlite Road, a third and final home that was never cleared for re-entry by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Mayflower Unified Command.

Stryk said there is oil under the property, which is on a slight incline above the two recently demolished homes, and nearer to the rupture site.

Assessor information shows the property is owned by Greg Doster, and was purchased in 2006 for $165,000.

Stryk said Exxon doesn't own the property yet, and is talking with the owner about the "next step."

That next step might not be to demolish the home at 44 N. Starlite, Stryk said, and those involved are "still weighing options."

At the demolition site Monday, Stryk said the company was performing air and seismic monitoring as a precaution.

He said the decision to demolish the two homes was a recent one, and was determined to be the most effective and efficient way to remove contaminated soil.

Stryk said he doesn't have information about the depth of the excavation, and new soil will be brought in and the lots sodded.

Stryk said the two lots will remain as "green space."

 

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johnb
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johnb 10/08/13 - 11:14 am
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Below Owner's Purchase Price?

Any idea why Exxon paid less than the owner's purchase price for one of the homes? A curious mind wants to know.

Courtney Spradlin
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Courtney Spradlin 10/08/13 - 11:43 am
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When I asked, Aaron Stryk

When I asked, Aaron Stryk reminded me that in the purchase program, Exxon hires an appraiser, and so does the homeowner. The two reach their own prices, and the highest is the one that the homeowner gets from Exxon in the deal.

I've tried to think of scenarios, but I'm not too experienced in that process.

johnb
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johnb 10/10/13 - 03:55 pm
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Thank You for Checking

I guess the owner thought it was fair because they accepted the price.

fdsjfsdjfsda543543543
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fdsjfsdjfsda543543543 10/10/13 - 10:54 pm
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Should rename the subdivision

Should rename the subdivision to:
The Oilwoods or Exxonwoods!

sailaway
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sailaway 11/16/13 - 04:46 pm
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Did

They settle?

sailaway
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sailaway 11/16/13 - 04:46 pm
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Did

They settle?

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