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ExxonMobil Asked to Pay $1.8 Million for Mayflower Oil Spill

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Arkansas officials have requested over $1.8 million in compensation from ExxonMobil for a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission presented the proposal on Tuesday, which would fund wildlife restoration efforts around Mayflower. In the proposal, the commission also requested Exxon help the state purchase around Lake Conway to better manage the restoration efforts.

On March 29, 2013, the Pegasus Pipeline, owned by ExxonMobil, ruptured in a residential neighborhood in Mayflower. The 70-year-old pipe, which was originally constructed in the 1940s, released approximately 134,000 gallons or 3,190 barrels, after rupturing.

The oil company settled a lawsuit in 2017 that was brought by 64 families. The terms of the lawsuit remained confidential.

Check out August’s edition of Arkansas Money and Politics, available in print and online.

(Photo courtesy of EPA/Reuters)

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