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Mayflower Oil Spill

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 17:20:00

Class action certified in Exxon Mobil pipeline suit

Federal Judge Biran Miller has agreed that a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil over the Mayflower pipeline oil break can be tried as a class action, though he limited the class somewhat from the original group sought.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 17:03:00

Exxon points to rare chemical mix as Pegasus flaw

By putting the focus on atypical pipe properties and away from a well-known manufacturing defect of the type of pipe used in the northern section that includes Arkansas, it would seem that Exxon is casting the rupture as caused by a rare flaw.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 20:30:00

Will Exxon move the Pegasus pipeline out of Lake Maumelle’s watershed? Probably not without a fight.

The Clinton School hosted a panel discussion Monday afternoon commemorating the one year anniversary of ExxonMobil’s oil spill in Mayflower. In attendance: Congressman Tim Griffin, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Tammie Hynum of ADEQ, Graham Rich of Central Arkansas Water (CAW), and Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson, with Dean Skip Rutherford moderating. (Rutherford said that Exxon had been invited to send someone as well.) It was a packed house; public interest in the incident and the future of the ruptured Pegasus pipeline evidently remains high, in no small part because the line just south of Mayflower crosses 13 miles of watershed that drain into Little Rock’s major drinking reservoir, Lake Maumelle.

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 09:29:00

Pegasus pipeline still at least a year away from restart, according to Exxon exec

Karen Tyrone, vice president and operations manager of Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co., said that the remediation plan that Exxon plans to submit to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) outlining why the Pegasus pipeline ruptured and how Exxon will ensure that it doesn't break again will take at least a year to execute.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 13:57:00

Exxon exec returns to Mayflower for one-year anniversary of Pegasus spill

In town for the one-year anniversary of the Mayflower spill, Exxon VP Karen Tyrone trumpeted the lack of ecological risk in Mayflower. Game and Fish disagrees. Meanwhile, Central Arkansas Water is hoping to find out more about Exxon's plans to restart the Pegasus. The southern section of the line could reopen any day now.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 17:30:00

Game and Fish Commission disagrees with Exxon’s conclusion that 'there are no unacceptable ecological risks' in cove of Lake Conway due to Mayflower oil spill

It’s been almost a year since the Pegasus pipeline spilled an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in Mayflower. After months of back-and-forth, a final environmental report from ExxonMobil to state regulators appears to be complete. But though the science behind the report is sound, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Deputy Director Ricky Chastain said its overarching conclusions about ongoing ecological risk are flawed.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014 - 16:09:00

Exxon won't restart ruptured Pegasus pipeline anytime soon

In the wake of the Mayflower oil spill, the federal agency that regulates pipelines set conditions for ExxonMobil to meet before it can restart its ruptured Pegasus pipeline. Nine months later, Exxon hasn't gotten very far.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 21:36:00

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer visits Mayflower

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer was in Little Rock and Mayflower on Tuesday for meetings on the Mayflower oil spill. He sees the disaster as a way to confront the Keystone XL question on a personal level.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 12:53:00

Second part of documentary short on Mayflower oil spill

Here's part two of "Shattered by Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill and the People Left Behind," featuring Elizabeth McGowan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who covered the aftermath of the Pegasus pipeline rupture thanks to donors who contributed to a crowdfunding effort by the Times and InsideClimate News.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 08:54:00

New documentary short on Mayflower oil spill

Check out part one of "Shattered by Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill and the People Left Behind." It's a co-production between our news partner, InsideClimate News and PBS' "This American Land." InsideClimate News' Elizabeth McGowan plays host.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 10:45:00

Exxon to demolish third house in Mayflower subdivision

The home at 44 N. Starlite had never been cleared for re-entry by the Mayflower Unified Command and is scheduled to be demolished late morning on Nov. 12.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 15:05:00

Federal agency finds probable violations by ExxonMobil in Mayflower pipeline break, sets $2.6 million penalties

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in a letter today notified the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company that it had found 

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 10:15:00

State, federal lawsuit against Exxon gets trial date

U.S. District Judge James Moody has scheduled the trial date for the joint complaint brought by the state of Arkansas and the U.S. government against ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Mobil Pipeline Company. A pre-trial conference will happen Feb. 13, 2014, with the trial scheduled to begin the following day.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 16:42:00

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Game and Fish request more testing of Lake Conway from Exxon

Game and Fish letter says that Exxon's figure for a certain kind of contamination may misrepresent the amount of toxins still in the environment.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 14:00:00

More lawsuits over ExxonMobil pipeline break

Seven more lawsuits were filed today against ExxonMobil-related defendants over damages caused by the ruptured Pegasus pipeline that drenched a Mayflower subdivision and part of Lake Conway with heavy Canadian tar sands laced with other dangerous chemicals.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 13:14:00

Environmental chemist Wilma Subra skeptical of ADEQ's preliminary findings in Mayflower

Subra said that the data indicates more sampling must be done in order to determine the extent of the contamination, and she isn’t ready to rule out the possible presence of oil in the main body of Lake Conway

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 14:11:00

'Ecological concerns' from pollutant levels in Lake Conway-area soil samples UPDATE

The news release: The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) have conducted preliminary reviews of soil and sediment samples pulled by ExxonMobil in and around Lake Conway and the Northwoods subdivision in Mayflower as part of ongoing remediation efforts following a March 29, 2013 oil spill.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 13:33:00

McDaniel tells Griffin government shutdown hurting oil spill investigation

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has written U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin to urge him to get the government reopened.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 07:04:00

Another lawsuit filed on ExxonMobil pipeline break

Conway lawyer Tom Mickel sends a copy of another lawsuit against ExxonMobil over the pipeline break that spewed Canadian tar sands in a Mayflower subdivision and leaked into wetlands and a cove of Lake Maumelle. 

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 12:10:00

Mayflower oil spill victim coming down

Courtney Spradlin of the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway has posted on Twitter this photo of a house coming down in the Mayflower subdivision fouled by the burst ExxonMobil pipeline carrying Canadian tar sands.

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