Federal prosecutors in Arkansas are asking a judge to stay proceedings in their lawsuit against ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. because of the federal government shutdown.
In a court filing Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer said most attorneys for the Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency can't work on the case during the government shutdown — even on a voluntary basis.
The filing says Exxon does not oppose the stay.
The lawsuit, filed jointly by federal prosecutors and Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, seeks civil penalties for the oil spill in a Mayflower subdivision. Exxon's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in March, spilling thousands of barrels of oil into a neighborhood.
Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more of the latest developments in the Mayflower oil spill aftermath.