Residents Sue Exxon Over AR Oil Spill, Citing Negligence

EPA PhotoDozens of residents and property owners are suing ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. two months after a pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the central Arkansas city of Mayflower.

Attorneys for a number of residents and property owners filed the lawsuit in Faulkner County on Tuesday seeking damages after the Exxon Mobil Corp. unit's Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29 and spilled the oil in Mayflower.

Shawn Daniels, one of the lawyers for the residents and property owners, said Wednesday he didn't have an estimate of how much money his clients are seeking.

The lawsuit says some of the Mayflower residents who are suing have had headaches, nausea and other health problems as a result of the spill. The lawsuit also says some residents have experienced property damage and declines in property value.

ExxonMobil spokesman Aaron Stryk said the company had not seen the lawsuit as of Wednesday evening and declined to comment. Mayflower is about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Read the lawsuit here.

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