Two days after a pipe ruptured in Mayflower, sending oil spilling into a drainage ditch and onto several families’ property, Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson said the major bulk of cleanup has been done.
Dodson said the most progress has been made on the standing oil, but the main work now is dealing with coated oil, the "shiny, wet stuff that you can see."
According to exxonmobil.com, approximately 12,000 barrels of oil and water have been recovered. The EPA and several other organizations categorized the incident as a "major" spill.
"There are workers with steam cleaners dealing with much of the oil on the streets," Dodson said. "Hopefully that will help eliminate the main bulk of the smell, which has been overpowering these past few days. The air quality is getting better."
The smell from the oil could be detected from areas of Conway and as far south as Maumelle.
Dodson said he was impressed with how well the first responders acted when informed of the spill, especially in keeping the oil out of Lake Conway.
"Being able to set up dams and dikes and booms in order to stop a bad situation from becoming worse was just like hitting a fastball," Dodson said. "Everyone did what they were supposed to do to keep this thing contained."
Dodson also mentioned representatives from Exxon, saying the company "will pick up the tab on all of this."