Mayflower Residents Reach Settlement with Exxon over 2013 Oil Spill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A settlement has been reached on behalf of dozens of residents and homeowners in Mayflower adversely affected by the 2013 rupture of the Exxon Mobil Pegasus Pipeline.

Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, a law firm with offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville, announced the settlement in a news release issued on Thursday.

The pipeline rupture on March 29, 2013, caused an estimated 150,000 gallons of abrasive Canadian tar sands oil to flow through the Northwoods subdivision, requiring dozens of homes to be evacuated. The oil reached waters associated with Lake Conway, a popular recreational lake in Faulkner County.

The spill displaced scores of Mayflower residents and disrupted the lives of hundreds of others.

The Exxon Pegasus pipeline was constructed in large part with pre-World War II materials and technology. Despite the pipeline's age, Exxon reversed the direction of flow and pumped the heavy, coarse tar sands oil through the aging pipeline. The pipeline was unable to handle the pressure of the flow, resulting in a seam rupture and subsequent spill. 

In 2013, Hare Wynn attorneys Shawn Daniels and Don McKenna filed suit against Exxon Mobil Corp. in Faulkner County Circuit Court for individuals who lived in close proximity to the spill. The matter was settled prior to trial.

Exxon Mobil has already paid more than $5 million to settle lawsuits brought by federal and state regulators.

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