The mayor of Mayflower announced Friday that he'll deliver a progress report Monday on the state of response efforts six months after an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured in a residential neighborhood there, spilling estimated 210,000 gallons of thick crude oil and displacing residents.
Mayor Randy Holland said in a statement Friday that he plans to lead a contingent of city and county officials, including Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson, on a walking tour of the Northwoods subdivision and deliver a report on "cleanup and remediation activity."
In a separate statement citing the cyclical nature of life and tracing the emergency response effort through the seasons, Holland said he's "pleased with the cycle ExxonMobil has taken concerning the oil spill and applaud their efforts and teamwork."
Exxon's response has come under fire from others in the state, including U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., who expressed growing frustration Wednesday with the “ridiculous” secrecy that he believes Exxon is trying to exert over documents relating to the safety of the Pegasus pipeline. Late last week, Central Arkansas Water notified Exxon Mobil and the U.S. pipeline regulatory agency that the utility would sue them unless the agency worked diligently to address what the utility said are six violations of a federal safety law, but the utility and the oil giant the next day reached a confidentiality agreement aimed at allowing the utility access to pipeline-related documents.
"Nearly all of the Northwoods homes have now been cleared for reentry and most of the heavy work has been completed," Holland wrote. "Yes, the ExxonMobil oil spill has been a disruption, but we are a resilient community. Each season or cycle will reveal that we are continuing to grow and becoming a better and stronger community with a future that I believe will be bright for the City of Mayflower."