Cleanup in Mayflower, Arkansas on Saturday, March 30, 2013 after the ExxonMobil oil spill. (Photo: Daniel Wilkerson, THV 11)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The first lawsuit relating to the ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas has been filed.
The plaintiffs are residents who live in two houses on Ledrick Circle in Mayflower. The defendant is the ExxonMobil corporation.
The Class Action lawsuit states that, "Defendants are strictly liable for ultra-hazardous conditions that proximately cause injuries to people" following the oil spill in Mayflower one week ago.
The suit states the "Plaintiffs and the class members respectfully pray for damages caused by Defendants' strict (absolute) liability in an amount in excess of $75,000.00, exclusive of costs and interest for individual damages in excess of $5,000,000.00 of costs and interest for damages in the aggregate."
ExxonMobil's Pegasus Pipeline ruptured in the Northwoods neighborhood of Mayflower, causing heavy crude oil to cover yards and streets in the area. Exxon has said it will pay for all cleanup costs associated with the spill; an estimated cleanup time and cost analysis have not been provided.