ExxonMobil update for oil spill – April 19th

MAYFLOWER, AR – The Mayflower Incident Unified Command Joint Information Center provided the
following update as cleanup operations continued Friday, April 19, following a release of crude oil near
Mayflower, AR.
• The Unified Command is beginning to transition from emergency response to remediation and
restoration activities. EPA, state and local authorities conducted an inspection and granted
approval to start the new phase of operations in the North Main Street section of the impacted
• Cleanup continues in the Northwoods subdivision and the marsh area between the interstate
highway and the cove adjacent to Lake Conway. Oil is being contained and collected by work crews
using a combination of pumps, backhoes and oleophilic and hydrophobic pads, made from specially
designed materials that absorb oil but not water.
• The EPA is responsible for ongoing air quality monitoring, which is being conducted on a continuous
basis. Monitoring data continues to show levels that are either non-detect or below action levels
established by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Data are reviewed by the ADH, which
posts updates at www.adeq.state.ar.us/hazwaste/mayflower_oil_spill_2013/default.htm
• Water sampling confirms that the main body of Lake Conway and Palarm Creek remain oil-free. The
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and ExxonMobil are continuing to monitor
water samples. Water data are posted on the ADEQ website at
• Efforts to return residents to their homes in the Northwoods subdivision continue. While ADH has
indicated there should be no impact on the health of Northwoods neighborhood residents, some
residents may decide to delay their return until all work involving heavy equipment within the
neighborhood is complete.
• ExxonMobil is paying for the cleanup and will honor all valid claims. ExxonMobil has developed a
plan to address concerns about the long-term value of homes in the Northwoods neighborhood up
to and including home purchases. The company is in the process of communicating the plan to
them. Residents can call a claims hotline (1-800-876-9291) for more information.
• Local emergency responders from the city and county have made a tremendous contribution to the cleanup operation. The efficiency of the effort would not be possible without all the contributions of these professionals