Unified Command holds press conference on Exxon Mayflower oil spill

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    MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Mayflower Pipeline Incident Unified Command Joint Information Center held a press conference this morning at Mayflower City Hall where ExxonMobil again apologized to homeowners and the city of Mayflower for the oil pipeline rupture on March 29.

    Officials with ExxonMobil, Faulkner County, the City of Mayflower, and the EPA addressed a room full of reporters Thursday morning. In that press conference, authorities told THV 11 they have 2 to 3 weeks to go before the clean-up is complete.

    It's been 3 weeks since oil poured out of an ExxonMobil pipeline onto the streets of a Mayflower subdivision.

    "We have one objective; it is to continue to protect the health of the community, the safety of the community and our responders and to get the oil out of the environment," said Kay Tyrone, Vice President of Operations for ExxonMobil.

    Crews have been working tirelessly to clean-up the mess while many families remain displaced.

    The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality said their testing indicates no oil has leaked into Lake Conway, and Bill Rhotenberry with the EPA said air monitoring for 3 homeowners showed safe levels.

    On Tuesday ExxonMobil presented homeowners with a buy-out option if they wanted to relocate. The package however did not include homes that sit just behind the affected subdivision, and Tyrone said they're taking those claims into consideration.

    "What I can tell you and what I can assure is we recognize that, and we're working to meet those needs and those claims," she added.

    While clean-up nears completion, Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson said he's confident in ExxonMobil's response.

    "I know that I can tell the people here in Faulkner County and the city of Mayflower I'm confident that it's safe."

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