US Department of Justice and Arkansas Sue Exxon Over Mayflower Oil Spill

June 25, 2013

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In March, Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured in the suburban town of Mayflower, Arkansas. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of bitumen from leaked into neighborhoods and waterways from a 22-foot gash, including the nearby Lake Conway. While Exxon promised that the heavy tar sands oil would not find its way into the lake, internal emails stated that the company lied about the extent of its pollution. In response, the Department of Justice and the state of Arkansas decided to sue Exxon earlier this month demanding $1,100-$4,300 for each barrel that made its way into the environment as well as $45,000 a day for violating state pollution storage laws.

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