Mayflower Oil Spill
On the afternoon of March 29, an oil pipeline owned by Exxon Mobil Corp. ruptured in a residential neighborhood in the city of Mayflower, displacing dozens of residents and causing a major spill of at least 5,000 barrels of heavy crude oil. Local authorities ordered an evaucation of 22 residences in the Northwoods subdivision east of Interstate 40. Spill cleanup is ongoing and many residents have not returned to their homes.
The pipeline is shut down as authorities investigate the cause of the spill. The faulty section of pipe, a 22-foot-long rupture, has been removed.
Contact the Attorney General's Consumer Response Team via email or at the toll-free hotline with concerns, questions, or consumer complaints related to the spill.
Toll-free Hotline: (855) 388-6555
The Attorney General requests that anyone with video or photographs of the spill email those images to oilspill@ArkansasAG.gov.
AG's Response to the Spill
On April 2, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a subpoena to Exxon Mobil seeking documents and other information related to maintenance, inspection and safety records of the 65-year-old pipeline. The company responded on April 10, providing 12,587 pages of information that the Attorney General's Office is currently reviewing.
The Attorney General has sought additional documentation from Exxon, and he has said he will continue to do so as the Attorney General's investigation continues.
The Attorney General has commissioned air- , soil-, and water-quality tests at the site of the spill. The air sampling data has been analyzed by the Arkansas Department of Health and copies of the reports are available here and here. A summary of the soil sediment and water sampling is available here.
On May 4, 2013, Exxon offered a Property Purchase and Price Protection Program to the property owners and residents of the Northwoods Subdivision. The Attorney General has expressed concerns about the Program. A copy of the Program is available here.
- News Release, May 9, 2013
- Consumer Alert, May 8, 2013
- Remarks, May 7, 2013
- Question-and-answer with InsideClimate News, April 24, 2013
- Appearance on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," April 11, 2013
- News Release, April 4, 2013
- Consumer Alert, April 3, 2013
- News Release, April 2, 2013
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has regulatory authority over the underground, interstate pipeline. The pipeline that ruptured was Exxon Mobil's Pegasus Pipeline, which carries oil produced in western Canada about 850 miles from Illinois to the Texas Gulf Coast. The pipeline enters Arkansas in Randolph County in the northeast corner of the state and continues to Little River County in the southwest corner of the state. PHMSA's updates about the Arkansas spill are accessible here.
PHMSA has made the location of pipelines in the United States accessible online to property owners. Click here.
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
ADEQ updates its website daily with its monitoring readings. Visit ADEQ's oil spill page.
Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's On-scene Coordinator provides information via the internet.
Department of Health
ExxonMobil's phone number of consumer claims is (800) 876-9291. Exxon also has a webpage related to the spill.
- Exxon Property Purchase and Price Protection Program - May 4, 2013
- Attorney General's Air Sampling Report - May 7, 2013
- Attorney General's Water and Soil Sampling Report - May 23, 2013
- Attorney General's Air Sampling Report - May 31, 2013
- ADEQ Letter to PHMSA - May 17, 2013
- ADH Letter to PHMSA - June 3, 2013
- Letter to Rep. Tim Griffin - Oct. 8, 2013