AR Oil Spills over 60 Acres

Friday, May 1, 2015 @ 05:05 PM gHale

It could take up to 2 weeks to clean up an oil spill over 40 to 60 acres in Miller County, AR, late Tuesday morning, official said.

A resident of the area discovered the leak at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Officials said a spill ended up caused by a leak in one of the lines running through the property. As a result of the leak, a Miller County judge declared the spill a disaster. The declaration will allow the county to get state assistance if needed.

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The oil line belongs to Lion Oil Company out of El Dorado, AR, and the owners are taking care of the cost of the cleanup.

Crews are preparing to work day and night until the area is clean and residents living in the area are hoping it will be sooner rather than later.

Oil spilled across 40 to 60 acres of an area and Hazmat crews were at the scene. Crews are using oil booms and said they were able to contain the leak before it reached any water.

The man who leases the land, James Robinson, said he is worried about the environmental impact.

“This way is devastating to the animals around here. That’s the sad part. You know it was just three weeks ago right up by where the leak started, I was following a little fawn,” Robinson said.

Officials said they don’t know how long the line had been leaking before discovering it Tuesday morning.

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