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Another lawsuit filed on ExxonMobil pipeline break

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CONTAMINATED: A pile of rubble was all that remained Monday after ExxonMobil demolished a home it bought in a Mayflower subdivision so it could get at tar sands deposits underneath the foundation following the pipeline break. - BRIAN CHILSON
  • Brian Chilson
  • CONTAMINATED: A pile of rubble was all that remained Monday after ExxonMobil demolished a home it bought in a Mayflower subdivision so it could get at tar sands deposits underneath the foundation following the pipeline break.

Conway lawyer Tom Mickel provides a copy of another lawsuit against ExxonMobil over the pipeline break that spewed Canadian tar sands in a Mayflower subdivision and leaked into wetlands and a cove of Lake Conway. 

It is in state court and has 64 plaintiffs from the Mayflower and Lake Conway area.

Here's the lawsuit.  It alleges negligence, creation of a nuisance, trespass and violation of solid waste law, among others. It contains a good recitation of events and pipeline operational history.

By the way: If there was ever much doubt of where establishment Conway sympathies lie when it comes to Big Oil — if the ExxonMobil-friendly operation of the so-called unified command hadn't already alerted you — it came on learning from the Democrat-Gazette that Jamie Gates had been engaged by ExxonMobil to be a liaison with aggrieved residents. Some liaisoning is needed, given the secrecy with which ExxonMobil sat on news about infiltration of oil beneath houses in the ground-zero subdivision. Gates is a vice president of the Conway chamber of commerce and the Conway Development Corp., the secretive power behind the curtain in Conway and a tireless cheerleader for the fracking industry, no matter now many roads it tears up or how many of its waste pits leak. He's a nice guy and will be accessible. But if residents wonder whose bidding he's doing — theirs or Big Oil —  they need only follow the money. I'm surprised today's D-G account lacked the obligatory self-honoring quote from U.S. Rep. Tiny Tim Grifin. Wasn't he shocked and dismayed to learn that the Exxon knew of oil beneath the homes of Mayflower residents, but didn't pass the info along,  as the D-G reported? But Tim G. can't be everywhere at once. He was busy yesterday, I read elsewhere, staking out some positive attention for himself in the D-G's Big Bend rescue story.


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