We went up to Mayflower to inspect what the hell is going on concerning the oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas. In all honesty, the media isn’t giving this one much attention. Again, I suspect this is because it occurred in the South. CNN and the like don’t really give a damn about us. I have seen this far too many times since moving down here two years ago, and it saddens me.
Clean-up crews have pretty much taken over the town. Mayflower is not a big town at all…but seems like the Exxon and clean-up people have made it a home for awhile.
The smell was absolutely revolting. I got very sick from being there. Had problems breathing and got nauseated. If any of you have ever experienced an oil spill, you will know exactly what I am talking about.
We were not allowed to go into the neighborhood where the oil is overtaking people’s homes. There is plenty of oil in the other areas, though, and as I said…the clean-up crews are all over. Not sure what the official story is concerning how much was released, but honestly, it has to be a lot with this many people.
There is a police checkpoint before you get into the neighborhood where the homes are. We chatted with the police officer and he said it will be at least a month before anyone is allowed in the neighborhood. I don’t know if the homeowners are being allowed there, but I did see people, so I am going to assume that they are. Of course, those could have been Exxon reps, for all I know. The police officer was not happy about the situation; you could tell he was disgusted by the whole situation.
We went over to the grocery store, where one of the staging areas is located. JM spoke to one of the workers, who said that he was doing air quality tests. All in all, it was fairly busy.
This is very upsetting that this occurred in Arkansas. There was boom in Lake Conway and the creek looks like it had a lot of oil. I saw a family of ducks right next to the boom, there were babies there.
Here are some photos. I did record a video and will be uploading this to youtube this evening. It always takes me a couple of hours to upload videos because of my connection
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This was near highway 365
Clean-up workers in the town
Mayflower Medical Clinic sign
Workers near neighborhood
Oil in creek-booms
Oil in creek 2
Centennial Bank sign
Sludge near creek
Boom on Lake Conway
More boom on Lake Conway