Exxon Mobil promises to cover oil spill cleanup costs in Arkansas

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(CNN) — Exxon Mobile will pay all of the costs related to last week’s oil spill in an Arkansas neighborhood, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

Between 3,500 and 5,000 barrels of heavy crude leaked from a ruptured pipeline — not 12,000 barrels, as previously reported, according to Exxon Mobile spokesman Alan Jeffers.

The company has no timeline yet for when the cleanup around the two dozen homes in a Mayflower, Arkansas, subdivision would be completed, Jeffers said.

Excavation of the contaminated soil is under way, weather permitting, he said. He did not have an estimate of the costs of the effort.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has opened an investigation into what caused a 2- or 3-inch gash in the underground Pegasus pipeline, which began spewing crude Friday.

McDaniel said Tuesday he asked Exxon Mobil, the owner of the 60-year-old pipeline, to preserve all documents and information related to the…

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