UPDATE: Crews Clean Up After Oil Pipeline Ruptures In Arkansas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
An Exxon pipeline ruptured Friday afternoon near Mayflower, a small city about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.

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UPDATE: Saturday, March 30, 2013

Officials say crews have recovered about 4,500 barrels of oil and water after a crude oil pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas.

Authorities say an ExxonMobil pipeline sprung a leak Friday afternoon in Mayflower, a small city about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.

A Saturday news release from ExxonMobil and local officials says officials have observed a few thousand barrels of oil in the area, but are preparing a response for more than 10,000 barrels "to be conservative."

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the spill, which led to a number of evacuations in a residential area.

Officials on Friday said dozens of homes were being evacuated, but the Saturday news release said the city recommended that 22 homes be evacuated.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Authorities are evacuating at least 50 homes after a crude oil pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas and spilled oil into a nearby lake.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Brandon Morris says an Exxon pipeline ruptured Friday afternoon near Mayflower, a small city about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Morris says authorities have since stopped the leak. But he says a small amount of oil was released into the nearby Lake Conway, though it wasn't clear exactly how much. He says authorities are evacuating homes in a subdivision near where the pipeline ruptured.

A spokeswoman for ExxonMobil says she's looking into the incident.


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