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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 13:45:00

Judge approves Mayflower settlement, rejects bid to force Exxon to move pipeline

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker today signed off on a settlement agreement between ExxonMobil and several state and federal entities concerning the 2013 rupture of the Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower. The news is a setback for Central Arkansas Water, which has been fighting make the terms of the consent decree tougher.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 09:57:00

Central Arkansas Water objects to settlement of Exxon pipeline rupture case

Central Arkansas Water has objected sharply to a proposed consent decree to settle a state and federal lawsuit over the rupture of the Exxon Mobil Pegasus pipeline that inundanted a Mayflower neighborhood with heavy crude oil.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 18:21:00

More lawsuits to come on Mayflower oil spill, both public and private

Despite the settlement today, litigation related to the 2013 Mayflower oil spill is nowhere near its conclusion. ExxonMobil faces additional legal action from state and federal public agencies charged with protecting natural resources in Arkansas under what's called a Natural Resources Damages claim.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 05:46:31

ExxonMobil to pay $5 million to settle claims in feds' complaint on Mayflower oil spill

A consent decree will be filed this morning in federal court in which ExxonMobil agrees to pay civil penalties, fund an environmental project and take other corrective steps in response to alleged violations of environmental laws in the 2013 rupture of the Pegasus pipeline that produced a damaging spill in Mayflower.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 16:42:00

Exxon fights release of documents on unbuilt pipeline that would have paralleled Pegasus route

Plaintiffs for Mayflower landowners say that shows the company knew in advance that the existing Pegasus — which ruptured in 2013 — was nearing the end of its lifespan. Exxon attorneys, however, insist that the proposed Texas Access Pipeline was never intended to replace the older pipeline.

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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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