Mayflower Spill Victims Head To Protest Pipeline Construction in DC

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MAYFLOWER, AR — A group of activists known as the “Remember Mayflower Coalition” are in Washington D.C. this week to deliver a message to top government officials about oil pipelines.
 
The visit comes in the wake of an oil pipeline rupture March 29th in Mayflower that dumped an estimated 5,000 barrels of crude into residential and environmentally sensitive areas.
   
The group – that includes residents from the neighborhood where the spill happened – is asking Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Mayflower before making a decision on a controversial oil pipeline project.

“We’re all going to speak and just kind of address what’s happened in Mayflower,” said group member JP Strother.  “[Affected residents] are going to tell their personal stories.  How it’s affected them and how it’s still affecting their everyday lives.”

If constructed, the Keystone XL pipeline would carry crude oil, similar to what spilled in Mayflower, from oil-producing areas in Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

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