Mayflower and Exxon meet nearly a year after oil spill

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) - Nearly a year since more than 200 thousand gallons of oil spilled into a Mayflower neighborhood area leaders and Exxon met face to face to discuss where we are now.

"They're ready for it to go away and to get back to normal," said Mayflower Mayor Randy Holland.

Mayor Holland sees the town moving past the setback.

"In talking to our people it's ready to go forward. It's time to go from an oil spill to people fishing on the lake and getting back to a normal life," said Holland.

Exxon officials shared word of thousands of water and soil samples pointing to no ecological or health risk on Tuesday at Mayflower City Hall. But oil sheen remains in the cove south of highway 89. The sheen is a concern for Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson.

"Let's go to those spots, address those and those alone and don't do any more harm than we have to get that oil out," said Dodson.

"It does not present a risk to humans, animals or plant life, but it is a sheen that we should not leave and we will agree with ADEQ how to address it," said Karen Tyrone, Exxon Mobil Vice President.

Exxon Mobil owns a number of homes in the Northwoods subdivision and has hired a consultant to make sure the influx of real estate won't drive down property values. Mayor Holland says he believes the subdivision will fill up again.

"I've had a number of calls actually wanting to be here. So they see the community, not just Northwoods, they see the community that they want to be part of this, and you're going to see them actually fill up I think," said Holland.

Exxon officials spent most of their time rehashing the clean up and renovations of the Northwoods subdivision. They would not answer much concerning the future of the Pegasus pipeline. They did tell us they hope to reopen the line in the future, but would not comment on plans or a timeline moving forward.


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