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Officials release details on oil spill

Posted: March 30, 2013 - 2:39pm

Additional information was made available to the public following continued clean-up efforts of a crude oil spill that happened near Mayflower Friday afternoon. 

ExxonMobil addresses Mayflower oil spill

The Environmental Protection Agency has categorized the incident as a major spill, indicating a release of more than 250 barrels of oil. Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson confirmed Friday that a crude oil pipeline ruptured near Mayflower.

ExxonMobil representatives confirmed the existence of “a few thousand” barrels of oil in the area, but say they are staging a response for more than 10,000 barrels “to be conservative.”

Approximately 4,500 barrels of oil and water have already been recovered from the area.

Responders on Saturday said they have taken precautions to keep oil from spreading to Lake Conway and recovery efforts are now focused on ensuring the safety of the community and workers, addressing community concerns and the clean-up process.

Emergency personnel comprised of federal, state and local representatives and some 100 ExxonMobil employees responded within 30 minutes following the detection of the ruptured pipeline.

Residents of 22 homes on Starlite Road and Shade Tree Lane were evacuated by Mayflower Police Department following the incident.

Professional hygienist authorities are conducting air quality monitoring, though officials said the air quality does “not likely” present a human health risk, except in areas of “high pooling,” where clean-up crews are working with safety equipment.

A claims hotline has been established for anyone affected by the spill. The number is 1-800-876-9291. Adjusters are also on-site taking claims.

The cause of the spill is still under investigation. 

   (Staff writer Megan Reynolds can be reached by phone at 505-1277 or by e-mail at megan.reynolds@thecabin.net. To comment on this story and others, visit www.thecabin.net.)

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Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 03/30/13 - 03:27 pm
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Working out in the rain....

.... cleaning up a crude oil spill (pun!).

That has got to be a tough way to make a living.

turdferguson
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turdferguson 03/30/13 - 05:00 pm
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Looks like Exxon just bought

Looks like Exxon just bought themselves a neighborhood or two.

All that's left is to work out the details.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 03/30/13 - 07:19 pm
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More likely

More likely they just bought themselves some high powered lawyers to convince us this spill is harmless. The PR push is on already.

jaywilsonwork
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jaywilsonwork 03/30/13 - 06:02 pm
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so.....any feelings on Keystone now?

Just think what that would be like in a major metro area!

crypted quill
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crypted quill 03/30/13 - 06:23 pm
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How old is this

How old is this pipeline?
And, is this more failure to maintain our infrastructure network properly for corporate greed and profit?

sevenof400
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sevenof400 03/30/13 - 07:01 pm
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Another relevant question is....

...how many pipelines are there throughout Faulkner County?

Diogenes
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Diogenes 03/31/13 - 08:21 am
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Seven

Seven

Diogenes
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Diogenes 03/31/13 - 08:55 am
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Not sure

But you can see where the Pegasus pipe line croses the swamp (Lake Conway) just before crossing (what we natives call) s#%t creek. That's the last bridge (west bound) just before coming into Conway on I40. It was laid prior to the swamp being flooded in 1948.

Diogenes
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Diogenes 03/31/13 - 09:04 am
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The pipeline being laid

Not in relation to the old Conway highway, but the old - old Conway highway, also supports this therory.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 03/30/13 - 08:07 pm
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Much more information

http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20130330/exxon-confirms-ruptured-pipel...

According to this article from Inside Climate News, the pipeline was carrying Wabasca Heavy, a form of crude oil which is heavier than most forms and therefore particularly hard to clean up when it spills into water.

This does not look good.

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