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Some Mayflower Spill Victims Feel Left Out In Cleanup

MAYFLOWER, AR -- It's been four weeks since oil began flowing from a ruptured pipeline in Mayflower. Since then, much of the focus has been on the Northwoods subdivision where the spill originated.
MAYFLOWER, AR -- It's been four weeks since oil began flowing from a ruptured pipeline in Mayflower.  Since then, much of the focus has been on the Northwoods subdivision where the spill originated.
   
But some residents who own property where the oil ended up say they've been affected too.

The ear piercing sound of air boats trekking around "The Cove" area of Lake Conway starts early in the morning and continues into the evening.

It been going on for the better part of four weeks.

Smelly dead fish litter parts of the shoreline and oil collecting booms criss-cross the water.

This is life for residents who live off Dam Street.

People who own property in the subdivision where the spill originated were offered $10,000 for their troubles.

But residents who live where the oil ended up have no such offer.

"Exxon needs to be a little more concerned about what's going on over here, because there is a lot more than what people know," said resident Robin Lang.

A spokesman for ExxonMobil, which owns the broken pipeline, said Friday Lang and her neighbors should call the company's claims hotline... 

But Lang said much of what they've lost doesn't have a price.

"A lot of things that we love about this place have been taken from us, and it's something that will never be brought back," she said.

ExxonMobil pointed out a claims specialist has visited the homes on Dam Street and paid out at least one claim. 
   
Because of our questions the spokesman said the company will see about getting back out there to hear the concerns of residents like Lang.
   


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