LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Long time Little Rock Attorney, Phillip Duncan, will spearhead a class action lawsuit against ExxonMobil in federal court after the Mayflower oil spill.
Duncan told THV 11 that the lawsuit aims to answer questions surrounding the spill and to ensure Arkansans have a remedy to what could be a much larger and drawn out problem. The suit was filed Friday by two residents in the area.
"The substance that's in that pipeline coming through our state, and its about maintenance and inspection, and it's about the condition of the pipeline," explained Phillip Duncan, a Little Rock Attorney.
Residents Kathryn Chunn and Kimla Greene reached out to Duncan, seeking the strongest legal recourse.
"And, the more I looked at it, the more it became clear to me that this should be a class action as far as I was concerned as a lawyer," said Duncan.
Duncan anticipates the class action move will prompt more Mayflower residents to join together on the issue. Along with property damage from the spill, Duncan said questions surrounding the entire pipeline must be answered.
"Not only about their efforts to clean up this oil spill, but we also want to know why it fractured, why it ruptured and what the condition of the pipe is not only in Mayflower, but elsewhere," said Duncan.
Duncan also added that residents worry about what could happen along the other 300 miles of the Pegasus Pipeline. It begins in Randolph County and crosses southwest to Little River County.
"We know that this pipeline runs underneath the Arkansas River and to the watershed here in Little Rock. We want to know that it's not going to affect our waterway, and we want to know it's not going to affect our natural resources," Duncan concluded.