Mayflower residents discuss concerns/solutions

    9:54 PM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
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    MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Nearly a year ago, Exxon Mobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in a mayflower subdivision and changed the lives of many of those families forever.

    Thursday Mayflower residents met to talk about their concerns in hopes of finding solutions.

    "There are a lot of people that already think it's gone. It's cleaned up there's nothing left to talk about," said Geniveve Long.

    Long, who lives north of the spill site, wants to make sure all the work is completed before the light goes out on the disaster.

    "Whenever they already think its cleaned up due to it looks better than before and different little quotes that some people have said it kind of throws off any idea that there are any lingering effects that should be going on," said Long.

    Last November the Unified Command, a collaboration of Exxon, county and city officials, deemed the impacted areas back to pre-spill conditions.

    Long took pictures of what she believes are remnants of the spill in the cove near her home. She still lives in Mayflower but is debating a move.

    The meeting was streamed online for those who could not attend. A psychologist spoke to the group about the stress associated with the spill and other experts chimed in on what to expect long term with the environment. Long worries she'll get no assistance to relocate.

    "People on this side of Mayflower where the cove is didn't get that kind of help. Really the only people that got that kind of help were the initial 22," said Long.

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