Residents in Mayflower, Arkansas spent Easter weekend fleeing the impacts of a ruptured pipeline operated by Exxon Mobil. At least 22 homes were evacuated in the Arkansas neighborhood after thousands of gallons of crude oil being transported from the Canadian tar sands. Exxon indicated that roughly 4,500 barrels, almost 200,000 gallons of oil and water were recovered with much work left to be done.
Residents reported that the odors from the flowing crude were overpowering. Even after the bulk oil has been recovered, significant levels of benzene and other crude oil contaminants are likely to remain the soil and groundwater for years to come. Unfortunately, that means that these homes will be dealing with the impacts from this incident for many years and the question will remain whether these homes will ever be truly safe to inhabit.
Attorneys at Nidel Law, PLLC are interested in investigating potential legal claims arising from this and other pipeline incidents and provide a free consultation to discuss these impacts. Please contact us to discuss your potential claim.