On March 29, part of Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured, spilling an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil at Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. Now, on April 22, Exxon will cut out a 52-foot section of the pipeline and take it for testing to determine what caused it to fail.
When the 60-year-old pipeline ruptured, the heavy Canadian crude oil it contained went flowing through yards, storm drains and streets. While no one was hurt, the spill led authorities to evacuate more than 20 homes. At least 60 animals had to be cleaned due to oil contamination in the wake of the spill.
Now Exxon is suggesting it may buy out the homes affected by the spill, as homeowners have filed 237 claims as of April 12. At least two people have filed lawsuits against the oil giant as well.
The company has promised to pay for cleanup and honor all valid claims. Additionally, a company statement said, “ExxonMobil is developing a plan to address concerns about the long-term value of homes in the North Woods neighborhood up to and including home purchases.”
Workers have almost completed the clean-up in the affected area.