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McDaniel gives Exxon a Wednesday deadline for oil-spill reports

By Rachel Hook

This article was published April 4, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is demanding Exxon Mobil executives relinquish reports to his office regarding the Friday Pegasus pipeline rupture and oil spill in Mayflower.

McDaniel gave the oil company a deadline of next Wednesday to disclose the documents requested in a subpoena his office issued earlier this week.

According to a news release from McDaniel's office, those documents include: "inspection reports and investigative reports, photos, videos, and any other data related to the Pegasus pipeline in Arkansas and the spill; sampling or testing reports, photos, videos and any other data relating to the integrity of the Pegasus pipeline in Arkansas before March 29; maintenance and repair reports, photos, videos and any other data related to the Pegasus pipeline in Arkansas; and all reports, record, photos, videos and other data related to the repair or replacement of the portion of the pipeline in Mayflower that caused, created or contributed to the oil spill."

In a visit to Mayflower on Wednesday, McDaniel expressed concern over the "limited information" the oil company was providing to both his office and the public.

"The people of Arkansas deserve a full explanation from Exxon about how this incident occurred and the extent of damages to private property and to our State's natural resources," McDaniel said in the release. "My office is determined to get that explanation through our investigation because, at the moment, we still have many more questions than we do answers."

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HOTDEMN says... April 4, 2013 at 2:03 p.m.

That is like a Mall Cop yelling at a Mafia Don. EXXON has proven repeatedly in the past that they are so far above the law that any attempt to hold them accountable is laughable.
They will do a half ass job on the cleanup, spend a few million in fines, a few million in political bribes, a few million on spin control and then it's back to business as usual. BTW, this will all be paid for out of the money that the Republican Congress gave them in subsidies and tax breaks. Look it up.

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lazybar says... April 4, 2013 at 2:20 p.m.

back when gas was $2.50 a gallon it was bush taking care of his oil buddies while we had a democrate congress.now that gas is $4 its the republican congress fault but one has to wonder who king putt is taking care of?

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BillSmithFreeSpiritMan says... April 4, 2013 at 2:48 p.m.

answer lazybar...... who receives more campaign money republicans or democrats?

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Ran2133 says... April 4, 2013 at 5:23 p.m.

With due respect to Mr. McDaniel, it appears to me, based on published reports, Exxon is doing their best now to contain and clean up the spilled crude oil and doing what they can as quickly as possible to mitigate any further damages. I think Mr. McDaniel is mostly being a "politician" in demanding all the information so quickly as stated in the press release. A good bit of that information is probably not even available this early. Some of it may be available but, may not be so easily obtained considering how long this pipeline has been in existance.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... April 4, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.

I don't understand why the age of the pipeline is any sort of excuse. If it is too old to use safely, then just stop using it.

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BriarPatch2013 says... April 5, 2013 at 4:02 p.m.

It's not crude oil; it's "tar sands" oil, a more toxic brew. Dustin McDaniel seems to be the only politician doing his job and looking out for the best interests of his fellow Arkansans instead of silently protecting the image of another corporate goliath

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