Crews clean up after oil pipe ruptures in Arkansas

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Associated Press

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 30 at 1:00 PM

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (AP) — Officials say crews have recovered about 4,500 barrels of oil and water after a crude oil pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas.

Authorities say an ExxonMobil pipeline sprung a leak Friday afternoon in Mayflower, a small city about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.

A Saturday news release from ExxonMobil and local officials says officials have observed a few thousand barrels of oil in the area, but are preparing a response for more than 10,000 barrels "to be conservative."

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the spill, which led to a number of evacuations in a residential area.

Officials on Friday said dozens of homes were being evacuated, but the Saturday news release said the city recommended that 22 homes be evacuated.

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