Mayflower, Arkansas Oil Spill

On March 29, 2013, Exxon Mobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas, spilling approximately 5,000 to 7,000 barrels of diluted bitumen or tar sands oil into a residential neighborhood and Lake Conway. Exxon claims the 22-foot rupture in the sixty-year-old pipeline was caused by a manufacturer defect, however the spill reignited concerns over the safety of transporting tar sands oil via pipeline, which is harder to clean when spilled into water than traditional crude oil. At the time of the spill, 22 homes were evacuated, however many Mayflower residents near the spill were not evacuated and have since suffered health problems. Air quality tests have found 30 toxic chemicals near the spill site.

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