Miscellaneous facts about the Mayflower Oil Spill

The 2013 ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas created a mess for the neighborhood, homeowners, and some neighbors. It added masses amounts of work for Exxon workers and sparked lawsuits that continue a year later. Here are miscellaneous facts about the Mayflower Oil Spill

  • Occurred about 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013
  • Most of the oil spilled into the residential neighborhood of Northwoods subdivision in Mayflower
  • Exxon used one of the homes in Northwoods to setup a real estate office. Exxon said this is to help ensure that Northwoods remains a "vibrant and desirable community."
  • In all, 210,000 gallons of oil spilled from ExxonMobil's Pegasus Pipeline.
  • The Pegasus Pipeline carries heavy crude oil from Illinois to the Texas Gulf Coast, running through more than 12 Arkansas counties. It enters the Natural State in the northeast corner in Randolph County and crosses down to the southwest corner in Little River County.
  • A year after the oil spill, the Pegasus Pipeline remains closed.
  • Arkansas Attorney General, Dustin McDaniel encouraged state and federal officials to file a lawsuit against Exxon, asking for $2.6 million in civil penalties. That lawsuit is expected to go to trial in 2015.
  • Arkansas Dept. of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) continues monitoring water, air, and soil in the area. Their findings can be found at this website: http://www.adeq.state.ar.us/hazwaste/mayflower_oil_spill_2013/default.htm
  • More than 200 animals died as a result of the oil spill - including snakes, turtles, and birds

PHOTOS: Mayflower, Arkansas before oil cleanup (March 2013)

PHOTOS: Mayflower, Arkansas after oil cleanup (March 2014)


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