Some evacuated in Ark. oil spill can return home

Associated Press

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (AP) — Officials say some residents who were evacuated when an oil pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas can return home this week.

Federal on-scene coordinator Nick Brescia tells reporters that the residents of four homes in Mayflower will be allowed back on Thursday and another eight or nine could return in the coming days.

Crews are still on scene with heavy equipment, cleaning up what's left after ExxonMobil Pipeline Co.'s Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil. More than 20 homes were evacuated in Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Officials with Central Arkansas Water are also slated to meet Thursday to discuss asking ExxonMobil to move the Pegasus pipeline away from an area that drains into a source of drinking water.

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