"Of course there's oil in Lake Conway," says Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.
It has now been one week since the Exxon Mobil Pegasus oil pipeline ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas spilling an unknown amount of oil and chemicals into a suburban neighborhood. For days, Exxon and local officials have maintained that the oil had not reached Lake Conway, but as more and more animals were found coated in oil and as shocking aerial video showed the oil had spread far beyond the neighborhood, speculation the oil had reached the lake has turned to a near certainty.
Asked if he thought oil had reached the lake, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told Arkansas' KATV:
"I don't understand where this distinction is coming from, from the cove and Lake Conway. The cove is part of Lake Conway…The water is all part of one body of water.
"I think it's very fair to say that Lake Conway has not received catastrophic damage, but of course there is oil in Lake Conway."
I'm glad McDaniel is finally calling out Exxon on this misleading distinction they have been making with regards to Lake Conway.
When you look at the aerial video of the oil spill that was taken prior to the FAA and Exxon-imposed flight restrictions, you can clearly see that oil has spread widely throughout a body of water. From what I understand, this marshy area is "the cove" that Exxon and local officials keep referencing, but as McDaniels explains, it is still part of Lake Conway.
"There is oil in Lake Conway" is not just a true, because there is oil in the cove, there are now reports that there is oil showing up in backyards of the main lake itself.
There's much more to report, so keep an eye on this post for future updates.
MORE: See all of our Mayflower, Arkansas oil spill coverage here.