No need to hyperventilate according to KATV ABC affiliate authorities: OIL SPILL CONTAINED, Town of Mayflower,Lake,residents are safe.Gee doesn't this sound great for us with the rest of the pipeline coming thru OK. Droughts, earthquakes, toxic oil leaks, tornado's....are your absolutely sure God bless Oklahoma?
Arkansas residents evacuate as Exxon-Mobil tar sands pipeline ruptures
An Exxon-Mobil oil pipeline ruptured Friday afternoon in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, forcing the evacuation of 20 homes and shutting down sections of interstate highway. According to Little Rocks KATV, a hazardous materials team from the Office of Emergency Management has contained the spill and is currently attempting a cleanup.
The burst pipe is part of the Pegasus pipeline network, which connects tar sands along the Gulf coast to refineries in Houston. Thousands of gallons of crude oil erupted from the breach around 3:00 p.m. on Friday, spilling through a housing subdivision and into the towns storm drainage system, fouling drainage ditches and shutting down Highway 365 and Interstate 40.
Residents were evacuated to avoid health hazards from crude oil fumes and to keep stray sparks from igniting the standing oil. Emergency workers contained the spill by hastily constructing earthen dams.
3/29/2013 4:24 PM CDT
This was known yesterday afternoon you need to check your sources for current updates.