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Activist Group Accuses Exxon of Covering up Cleanup

According to the Tar Sands Blockade group, Exxon Mobil is pressure washing oil from the Northwoods subdivision into the wetland area.
MAYFLOWER- Activists with the group Tar Sands Blockade are posting videos on the internet showing what they claim is oil from the Mayflower pipeline rupture supposedly diverted from the Northwoods subdivision into a nearby wetland area.

The group says Exxon Mobil is trying to keep the area hidden from the public, but Exxon representatives say while there is oil in the wetlands, the company is cleaning it up, not pumping it in.

The video posted online by Tar Sands Blockade shows the wetland area in Mayflower covered in thick, black oil. Activist Eric Moll says to uncover the truth they snuck into the area past the road blocks. "Any claims they make that these restrictions are a result of safety concerns is absurd because we see the workers and the police not wearing any masks."

According to the Tar Sands Blockade group, Exxon Mobil is pressure washing oil from the Northwoods subdivision into the wetland area. VP of Operations for Exxon Karen Tyrone says that is false.  "We are not pumping oil from the neighborhood into the wetlands area. In fact it's the exact opposite. We have built berms and dikes to prevent any oil from getting to the marsh area."

Tyrone admits there is oil in the marsh leading into the cove that leads into the main body of Lake Conway. "We are isolating that area and making progress cleaning up the oil."

Moll says it's all lies and that's why police are keeping everyone out of the area. "We had a police officer tell us and I quote, I'm getting paid a lot of money to keep you all out of here."

Tyrone explains it as workers need the space clear to clean. "It's a difficult area for recovery because there's water and wet ground. It's difficult for our workers to be in there."

But the Tar Sands Blockade group insists they are determined to spread awareness of what they call corporate negligence. "It should be about the people in the community and them standing up for themselves."

Exxon Mobil representatives say cleanup of the Northwoods subdivision is now at the point where four homeowners have been given the option to move back in. No word yet on when the rest will follow.
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