Homeowners in Mayflower's Northwoods subdivision were not the only ones affected by the ExxonMobil oil spill. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the neighborhood surrounded by Lake Conway and the cove adjacent to it also remains an area of concern.
Sherry Appleman is one of the residents who lives in that neighborhood. When KARK's crew arrived at her home, the smell of fumes was prevalent, but Appleman has to take our word for it.
"I can't smell it anymore," she said,"It's embedded in here."
Appleman lives between Lake Conway, which officials maintain is clear of oil and the cove, where the state Department of Environmental Quality detected low levels of the chemical benzene.
"I feel like we should have been evacuated," Appleman says.
But she and her family stayed home, and Appleman says they've paid a price.
State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who is launching an investigation into the spill and has asked Exxon to keep all documents relating to the spill and the cleanup efforts, told reporters:
The pipeline rupture is substantially larger than many of us initially thought … We still do not know how much oil was released. We still do not know the exact makeup of the crude itself, of the chemical solvents used in the transportation process …
More documents will be received and requested from Exxon in coming days,” he added. “But now everyone’s priority continues to be the cleanup efforts in Mayflower.
Sherry Appleman awoke abruptly in the middle of the night less than 48 hours after a pipeline rupture last month sent thousands of barrels of heavy crude oil into the streets and swamps of Mayflower, Ark.
"I couldn't breathe. My throat and nose and eyes were burning really bad," recalled Appleman, who lives on Lake Conway, about a mile outside the 22-home evacuation zone -- but next to a slough now full of the thick, sticky diluted bitumen. "I could smell that horrible smell. I got really scared."
ExxonMobil, owner of the ruptured Pegasus pipeline, maintains that none of the leaked Wabasca heavy crude mined from Canada's tar sands region has migrated into Lake Conway. The company also said air quality has remained safe for residents outside the immediate cleanup areas.
Nevertheless, health concerns are increasing.
An ExxonMobil pipeline that ruptured last month and spilled as much as 420,000 gallons of oil in central Arkansas has a gash in it that is 22 feet long and 2 inches wide, state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday.
"The pipeline rupture is substantially larger than many of us initially thought," McDaniel told reporters Wednesday evening.
McDaniel's update on the March 29 oil spill in Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock, comes as lawyers and investigators review more than 12,500 pages of documents his office received from ExxonMobil.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has set a Wednesday deadline for Exxon Mobil to comply with a subpoena demanding a slew of crucial pieces of evidence.
"When I left the site of the spill last week, I said that I came away with more questions than answers," McDaniel said Tuesday.
McDaniel hopes documents will start to answer some of the questions that linger over the oil spill that's rocked the community of Mayflower.
"Things about this industry, things about this type of crude, things about the environmental damages that are caused," he said.
A federal judge has ruled the Obama administration broke the law when it issued oil leases in central California without fully weighing the environmental impact of "fracking," a setback for companies seeking to exploit the region's enormous energy resources.
The decision, made public on Monday, effectively bars for the time being any drilling on two tracts of land comprising 2,500 acres leased for oil and gas development in 2011 by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management in Monterey County.
The tracts lie atop a massive bed of sedimentary rock known as the Monterey Shale Formation, estimated by the Energy Department to contain more than 15 billion barrels of oil, equal to 64 percent of the total U.S. shale oil reserves.
Two women who live near an ExxonMobil pipeline that ruptured last week and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas filed a federal lawsuit against the company on Friday.
The class-action complaint from Kimla Greene and Kathryn Jane Roachell Chunn comes a week after ExxonMobil Pipeline Co.'s Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. Crews are still working to clean up oil that spewed onto lawns and roadways and almost fouled nearby Lake Conway.
The women are seeking money to make up for "a permanent diminishment in property value," according to the complaint. Their complaint says the women are bringing their lawsuit on their own behalf and for other people who live near the pipeline in Arkansas.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says while he is a supporter of the pipeline system in the United States, last week's oil spill is a sad and unfortunate situation. McDaniel says it serves as a reminder of the risks of our modern economy.
Is there oil in Lake Conway?
"I don't understand where this distinction is coming from, from the cove and Lake Conway. The cove is part of Lake Conway…The water is all part of one body of water.
"I think it's very fair to say that Lake Conway has not received catastrophic damage, but of course there is oil in Lake Conway."
The state of Arkansas is preparing for litigation. McDaniel says they have sent subpoenas and are coordinating with the Department of Environmental Equality, the EPA, and the Department of Transportation Pipeline Safety.
Glacial ice in the Peruvian Andes that took at least 1,600 years to form has melted in just 25 years, scientists reported Thursday, the latest indication that the recent spike in global temperatures has thrown the natural world out of balance.
The evidence comes from a remarkable find at the margins of the Quelccaya ice cap in, the world’s largest tropical ice sheet. Rapid melting there in the modern era is uncovering plants that were locked in a deep freeze when the glacier advanced many thousands of years ago.
Dating of those plants, using a radioactive form of carbon in the plant tissues that decays at a known rate, has given scientists an unusually precise method of determining the history of the ice sheet’s margins.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has set an April 10 deadline for ExxonMobil to produce documents connected to the company's oil spill in Mayflower.
McDaniel issued a subpoena earlier this week for Exxon's investigative and inspection reports, videos and other data regarding the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured last week in central Arkansas.
Exxon has said it will comply with McDaniel's subpoena.