Exxon denies that oil has reached Lake Conway, a source of local drinking water. Their claim has been backed up by a local judge.
But Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told KATV that "of course there is oil in Lake Conway."
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.
Activists claim oil has reached the Lake Conway wetland, and have released photos and videos to back up their accusations. They also allege that Exxon diverted spilled oil to the wetlands intentionally, to get it away from residential neighborhoods. The company admits oil may have been diverted as a side-effect of power washing devices used to clean local streets.
Raw Story describes the affected wetlands:
Video of Lake Conway's wetlands shows thousands of what Exxon called "absorbent pads" - which appear to be nothing more than paper towels - littering the blackened landscape.
Image of Exxon's "absorbent pads" have been published by activist group Tar Sands Blockade.
Exxon has also taken a lot of flak for supposedly keeping media away from the spill. The FAA declared a "no flight zone" over the affected area, though that's now been rescinded after widespread outrage. Reporter Michael Hibblen says that on Friday he and others were threatened with arrest unless they left the area.
Via KATV, Mother Jones, and Raw Story.