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.
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 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