Mayflower, Arkansas

March 29, 2013

Pegasus Pipeline Rupture and Response

Community Based
Emily L. Harris, MPH Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group

Environmental Activism at Risk

The Mayflower Arkansas Community
finds certain truths to be self-evident. We would expect elected officials, regulatory agencies and policy makers would acknowledge these same truths.

1) Lives have been affected. 2) Homes have been destroyed. 3) Ecosystem damage has occurred. 4) Human health effects are significant and ongoing.

“A concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate, was the process of a rational mind.” “Catch-22”. Joseph Heller.
Simon & Schuster. 11 November 1961

Faulkner County Bucket Brigade Pegasus Pipeline Rupture Response

None of the air-quality data demonstrate a risk to long term health of affected residents.

Goal: Facilitate networking & build relationships with the expected outcome a prioritized list of recommended actions & time frame for completion.


Dr. Wilma SubraHuman Health Effects

Delivered to Mayflower City Planning Committee & Council, County Judge Dodson, AG McDaniel, Congressman Tim Griffin, Sen. Bozeman, Sen. Pryor, & others.

• Comprehensive Community & Ecosystem Assessment utilizing non-Exxon Funded Entities • Responders / Clean up Workers Protection • Buffer Zones- Flag Areas of Haz-Mat • Trained Health Care Providers • Public Education on Health Risks • Mobile Wildlife Response Unit


Water Source Assessment and Protection. “Safety of older pipelines is a concern”. PHMSA

By subway

“Unexpected Seepage?”

October 7, 2013

“All the impacted residents deserve fair and equitable compensation from Exxon,” McDaniel said. “This document contains various offers to homeowners, and only those in the Northwoods subdivision.
These offers are exceedingly complicated and very different for homeowners from one area of the subdivision to the next. They all breathed the same air, faced the same inconvenience and had their lives upended. Exxon can and should do more.” AR AG Dustin McDaniel

May 9: AG McDaniel’s Hotline will connect consumers directly to a member of Mayflower Consumer Response Team, which he created to focus on issues directly impacted area residents. August 26: Congressman Griffin promised to call the governor to explore a further response from the health department after being met with numerous community health complaints.

Focus on Benzene
Unknown Components

Crude Oil and Dilbit Synergist Effects Sensitive Populations Exposure Levels

“…the ADH has indicated there should be no impact on the health of Northwoods neighborhood residents,” For more than two weeks, data from the air monitors in Mayflower community have shown levels that are either non-detect or below the action levels established by the Arkansas Department of Health.

…Non Detect at an elevated detection limit due to sample matrix; Masked by interference; estimated values……

A northern Alberta doctor warned U.S. Senators on what he says have been the devastating health impacts of the tar sands on families – effects, he says, that have been willfully “ignored” by the Canadian and Alberta governments.

Multi-system failures

Monday, April 29/ ExxonMobil recognized 1st Responders with contributions of $300,000 *City of Mayflower, *Mayflower Volunteer Fire Depart. *Faulkner County.

National Contingency Plan Oil Spill Disaster Response
• Recommendations for a

– Multi-Dimensional Task Force – Focused Teams of Trained Professionals – NDMS Model –ICS Compliant – Value Community Input – Utilize Data Resources – Effective Communication Strategies

501-733-2409 Faulkner-County-Citizens-AdvisoryGroup/ /MayflowerArkansasOilSpill /MayflowerOilSpillDiaries

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