- Associated Press - Sunday, March 16, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - ExxonMobil has submitted a report to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality saying it has completed the cleanup of soil stemming from last year’s oil spill in Mayflower.

The revised report was submitted last week and is subject to the department’s approval, according to a story published Sunday in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1isqnbs ).

“We are reviewing it and should know more” this week, department spokesman Katherine Benenati said.

Exxon recommended more work be done to remove the remaining oil from drainage ways and a cove of Lake Conway. The company has agreed to do weekly sheen monitoring and sheen removal in the cove and to do the same within 48 hours after rainfall. Exxon will also replace booms that absorb oil from the water at least every three months.

“The limited areas with crude-oil-related sheens appear to be primarily located in the Dawson Cove Inlet Channel and the Open Water Area,” ExxonMobil’s report said.

The environmental department had told Exxon Mobil in February that it must do more to correct lingering oil-related contamination in the waterways. The agency gave ExxonMobil until last week to revise its previous recommendations for cleaning up the Mayflower areas.

Exxon’s pipeline ruptured last March, spilling thousands of barrels of oil in the community about 30 miles northwest of Little Rock. The oil company shut down the entire Pegasus Pipeline, which runs from Illinois to the Texas Gulf Coast, shortly after the spill.

The company on Jan. 31 asked the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to authorize a plan to reopen a 211-mile portion of the line in Texas. A spokesman for the federal regulatory agency said the agency is still reviewing the proposed reopening plan.

ExxonMobil spokesman Aaron Stryk said the company would reopen the Texas segment only after the agency approves the plan.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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