Shattered By Oil: Exxon Arkansas Spill And The People Left Behind, Part 2

Residents of Mayflower continue to press for fair compensation for having their lives turned upside-down, in the full glare and support of national attention.

From InsideClimate News:

On March 29, 2013, ExxonMobil's 850-mile Pegasus oil pipeline split open and spilled 210,000 gallons of Canadian dilbit across an Arkansas suburb.

The oil spill was a wake-up call about aging pipelines and specifically the Pegasus, a 65-year-old line that most people near the spill site didn't even know existed. The line crisscrosses 13 Arkansas counties and 18 drinking water sources on its way to Texas—including the Maumelle watershed, a water source for 400,000 people in Central Arkansas. The rupture happened just eight pipeline miles from the watershed.

In Part 2 of "Shattered by Oil"—an ICN co-production with This American Land—Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth McGowan talks with water utility officials, residents and others about the "what-ifs"—and about how they're working to get the pipeline relocated or shut down for good.

If you missed Part 1, you can view it here.

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