Posted on February 11, 2014 by

Published time: February 11, 2014 02:53
Edited time: February 11, 2014 07:27

Almost one year after ExxonMobil’s pipeline burst and caused a major oil spill near Mayflower, Arkansas, officials say the area is safe to live in. But locals are still suffering from dizziness, headaches, and nausea – prompting many to move away.

On March 29, 2013, Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline spilled thousands of barrels of Canadian crude oil in a suburban area near the town of Mayflower, sparking strong opposition to oil sands exploitation and the Keystone XL project. If approved, the Keystone pipeline would carry tar sand oil from Alberta, Canada through the US to Texas refineries.

More than 10 months after the Pegasus rupture – which resulted in the evacuation of over 20 homes – residents are complaining about health problems. Many are keen to leave the town entirely.

Before the spill, the small town was a peaceful place for families. Many didn’t even know there was a pipeline running underneath their houses. Following the spill, many residents have moved to other locations. ‘For Sale’ signs can currently be seen throughout the area, RT’s Gayane Chichakyan reported from Mayflower.

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