Mayflower residents react to new lawsuit against ExxonMobil

    7:04 PM, Jun 13, 2013   |    comments
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    MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) - Mayflower has shown some obvious signs of improvement after the oil spill three months ago. As residents and county officials went about their daily business, many were indifferent about the most recent complaint against Exxon.

    "The fellows who have worked on the project have been very helpful," said Rob Fellows while sitting in Stroud's Country Diner. He is a fifth generation Mayflower resident, and he's been pleased with the cleanup.

    Hall said he was not surprised when he caught word of the lawsuit being filed against Exxon.

    "They have done an exceptional job in my opinion. The people have had to move in the subdivision over there, but it's kind of like my house got hit by lightning, so you know, that's an act of God and accidents do happen."

    Word of the new complaint against the oil company traveled slowly through the small town. Hall said while he hates what happened, there is a silver lining.

    "As far as the drainage and all of the things that they've done, they're leaving it in a lot better shape than what it was to begin with."

    Allan Dodson, the Faulkner County Judge has been at the oil spill site since it happened and said he's seen a big improvement over the course of a few months.

    "We're standing in the cul-de-sac where the rupture occurred...The oil ran through this cul-de-sac, turned the corner and ran down North Starlight," said Dodson. "Anything from soiled dirt where oil soaked into the dirt. That all had to be removed, so that's some of the debris."

    Dodson said he has not read the complaint on the way the waste was disposed of, but believes it's more about a timing issue than contaminating the environment.

    "I think there's some left. It's my understanding that Exxon just hasn't finished that process. May have taken longer than ADEQ feels was appropriate or may not. I'm not sure."

    On Thursday, the Arkansas Department of Health was meeting with residents who have been displaced since March 29 to go over air quality testing recently completed inside their homes.

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