ExxonMobil update for oil spill – March 31st

MAYFLOWER, AR – March 31, 2013 – The Mayflower Incident Unified Command Joint Information Center provided the following update as cleanup operations continued Sunday following a release of crude oil near Mayflower, AR.

  • A cleanup plan has been developed and endorsed by the Unified Command.
  • Fifteen vacuum trucks and 33 storage tanks have been deployed to the site to clean up and temporarily store the oil. Approximately 12,000 barrels of oil and water have been recovered. Crews are steam cleaning oil from property. Approximately 120 ExxonMobil workers are responding to the incident in addition to federal, state, and local resources.
  • Cleanup crews have deployed 3,600 feet of boom near Lake Conway as a precaution. No oil has reached Lake Conway.
  • The Mayflower Police Department is providing escorts for residents from the area closest to the pipeline breach to return to their homes temporarily to pick up personal items. The city of Mayflower recommended continued evacuation of 22 homes on Starlite Road and Shade Tree Lane.
  • A community meeting was held on Saturday, March 30, less than 24 hours after the incident began, with presentations from members of the Unified Command, which includes the EPA, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Department of Health, Faulkner County and ExxonMobil Pipeline Company.
  • ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has established a claims hotline (1-800-876-9291) for residents affected by the spill to register a claim and for more information.  About 50 claims have been made to date.
  • Emergency response personnel were on the ground within 30 minutes after the leak was detected.
  • Emergency response efforts are focused on ensuring the safety of the community members and the response workers, addressing community concerns and the cleanup process.
  • The EPA categorizes the incident as a ‘major spill.’  This category reflects a quantity greater than 250 barrels. A few thousand barrels of oil were observed in the area; a response for 10,000 barrels has been undertaken to ensure adequate resources are in place.
  • The cause of the spill is under investigation

 

From ExxonMobil.com