ExxonMobil has been targeted by seven more lawsuits in connection with a pipeline break that took place in Arkansas. The lawsuits were all filed in the Faulkner Circuit Court and have to do with the damaged Pegasus pipeline that drenched the Mayflower and part of Lake Conway with heavy Canadian tar sands. The break also facilitated the release of other dangerous chemicals that were harmful to locals.
Plaintiffs Come Together to File Lawsuits
Now, plaintiffs are coming together to complain after their homes were evacuated, their lake was damaged, and their health was jeopardized. All of the plaintiffs are claiming property damage to some extent and exposure to the noxious fumes. Some are also suing for the disruption. The suit says that Exxon has known about problems with the Pegasus pipeline for over 24 years but has ignored those issues.
The rupture occurred on March 29, 2013, but many plaintiffs are just now filing a lawsuit for the situation. All of the plaintiffs are from the city of Mayflower and the surrounding area. They are grouped by their location and their experiences with the spill. The lawsuits filed include two specific groups of plaintiffs who lived on North Starlite Road that have not been permitted to return to their home since the spill. There are also two groups of plaintiffs who were not evacuated at the time of the spill, and one group that lives near the pipeline. Two groups who live on or near Lake Conway are also suing because of the spill's effects on their beloved lake.
Toxic Exposure from Crude Oil Spills
The spill exposed all residents to Wabasco Heavy Crude Oil, which carries toxic substances. Research shows that the crude oil contains hydrogen sulfide, aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, and naphthalene among other dangerous chemicals. Acute exposure results in dizziness, nausea, and coughing from the dangerous substances. If you have been affected by a pipeline break in your community, you may have the right to sue as well. You can contact a Houston personal injury lawyer at Arnold & Itkin if you want to learn more about your rights to sue in these situations.