6 Years After Exxon’s Oil Pipeline Burst in an Arkansas Town, a Final Accounting

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Melissa Hays never would have remembered the day of her humdrum outing at Harp’s, a neighborhood grocery store in her hometown of Mayflower, Arkansas, had she not suddenly been overwhelmed by the noxious, chemical smell of oil.

It was March 29, 2013. Few in Mayflower will ever forget it. As Hays ran her errands, ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline, which ran beneath this small town, burst without warning along a defective 22-foot seam, spewing 210,000 gallons of heavy Canadian crude oil diluted with large quantities of harmful solvents onto quiet residential streets…read more

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