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Oil Spill Whistleblower Visits Mayflower

A self-proclaimed whistleblower against oil companies traveled to Mayflower to demand residents not to back down against ExxonMobil.

MAYFLOWER, AR -- A self-proclaimed whistleblower against oil companies traveled to Mayflower to demand residents not to back down against ExxonMobil.

John Bolenbaugh remembers the Marshall, Michigan, oil pipeline explosion in 2010 that spilled into the Kalamazoo River.  Although that pipeline belonged to another oil company, he said  they are still suffereing from it.

Bolenbaugh worked for the cleanup team that the oil company contracted to clean up the spill.  He said they were ordered to cover up the oil with dirt and grass.  He said he was fired from the job because job because he challenged his superiors and his conscience would not allow him to deceive the public.

Now, he goes all across the country to raise awareness about oil spill clean up efforts and how residents should demand the companies to make them whole.

"Just because you feel fine now doesn't mean you won't get sick a year from now.  These chemicals you breathe in some of them take an entire year before you see signs," Bolenbaugh said.

The Mayflower pipeline ruptured back in March.

ExxonMobil repeatedly said they are cleaning thoroughly and their methods of cleaning are approved by federal environmental agencies.

They plan to be in the area for the remainder of their year.

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