Mayflower, Arkansas Oil Spill With Photos

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😦

Click on the photo for the larger version.

This was near highway 365

This was near highway 365

Clean-up workers in the town

Clean-up workers in the town

Mayflower Medical Clinic sign

Mayflower Medical Clinic sign

Workers near neighborhood

Workers near neighborhood

P1070590

P1070595

Oil in creek-booms

Oil in creek-booms

Oil in creek 2

Oil in creek 2

Centennial Bank sign

Centennial Bank sign

Sludge near creek

Sludge near creek

Boom on Lake Conway

Boom on Lake Conway

More boom on Lake Conway

More boom on Lake Conway

6 thoughts on “Mayflower, Arkansas Oil Spill With Photos

  1. Susan says:

    My grandfather took his young children fishing on Arkansas’s Lake Conway, then known as Gold Lake, about 100 years ago. It saddens and angers me that later generations of our family – and other families – may not be able to continue to enjoy this beautiful place because of the degradation and toxicity unleashed by this unthinkable environmental disaster.

    • heidilore says:

      Susan…I think that they are doing a good job of keeping it out of Lake Conway thus far, but I must admit the sight of that boom is very unnerving. It was pretty damn close to the lake. I feel the same as you. I’m not from Arkansas, only been here two years, but the state has become a treasure to me. I can only pray this is contained shortly, but the police officer saying that it would be at least a month gave me a great deal of pause. I’m still sad from what I saw today, it was heartbreaking to me.❤

  2. Bree says:

    My little family and I moved from Mayflower last May after being there for 3 years. I loved it there! We lived near City Hall (the middle of town) 🙂 I miss it and it saddens my heart to see this!! Thank you for posting about it.

  3. […] 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. MORE […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s