Attorney General Dustin McDaniel Gives Update on Oil Spill

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel Gives Update on Oil Spill

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel receives documents, information from ExxonMobil
LITTLE ROCK- One week after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel subpoenaed all records and documents pertaining to the Exxon Mobil pipeline that ruptured in Mayflower, the oil company hands over nearly 13 thousands pages of information.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel demanded Exxon Mobil hand over all records and documents on the 65 year old line running through Mayflower that spilled 5 thousand barrels of oil on the Northwoods subdivision March 29th.
"We received 12,587 pages of documents including 5 cd's of data and more than 200 blueprint sized diagrams."

Lawyers and investigators are reviewing those documents as part of the Attorney General's independent investigation. A team of experts will go over the spill site, working with all involved agencies looking at the air and water quality test samples. "I have requested $4 million from Exxon to immediately establish a fund to pay for the state's investigative expenses. This is consistent with federal law and the approach taken by the Attorney General on the gulf coast who were advanced $175 million from the responsible party in that case, BP."

The Attorney General says he still has more questions than answers about why this happened. He says according to state and federal investigators, the broken portion of the pipeline is larger than originally thought. "The rupture itself is more than 22 feet. 22 feet and 3 and a half inches long, and 2 inches wide to be more precise."

The concern and focus remains on cleaning up the oil spill and looking at ways to make sure something like this never happens again. "It is my hope that through our investigation we can identify and implement means in which Arkansans will and be better protected in the future from this and other aging pipelines."

This is an on-going investigation and the thousands of pages of documents won't be released to the public until the investigation is complete, however the Attorney General says his team should have more information in the coming days.
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