Firm gets 3 more weeks to report on cause of spill
Almost two months after an aging pipeline split open and spilled an estimated 210,000 gallons of crude oil into a Mayflower neighborhood, forcing scores of residents to evacuate their homes, injuring wildlife and contaminating a cove of Lake Conway, Exxon Mobil said Thursday that it still does not know what caused the spill.
The trial of Jack Gillean, a former University of Central Arkansas chief of staff charged in a test-cheating scandal, will be moved to Van Buren County from Faulkner County because of pretrial publicity about several former UCA officials who became “involved in the criminal justice system,” a judge has ruled.
320 still cleaning up Mayflower lots, cove
Workers trying to clean up and restore an oil-contaminated neighborhood will remain in this small Faulkner County community for at least a few months, and efforts continued Wednesday to remove heavy crude from a marshy cove of Lake Conway.
CONWAY — Kelley Erstine, a former administrator and trustee at the University of Central Arkansas, has decided not to return to his alma mater as chief of staff after all.
He faces charge tied to asphalt work
Faulkner County Administrator Jeff Johnston was fired Tuesday, more than eight months after he was charged with felony theft of property, his attorney confirmed late Wednesday.
Gillean now prefers Searcy County
Attorneys for the University of Central Arkansas’ former chief of staff who is charged with felony commercial burglary in a cheating scandal have changed their minds about where they want his trial held.
Options laid out for oil redress
Exxon Mobil Corp. has doubled the number of houses that it has offered to buy after a pipeline ruptured in a Mayflower subdivision, dumping an estimated 210,000 gallons of heavy crude oil into the neighborhood, drainage ditches and Lake Conway, but the company still won’t buy any other homes in the subdivision unless numerous conditions are met.
The felony trial of Faulkner County Administrator Jeff Johnston should not be moved away from Faulkner County because of pretrial publicity, the prosecution said in a court filing.
Exxon urged to top 11-home target
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel called on Exxon Mobil Corp. on Tuesday to buy all the houses in the Mayflower subdivision where a crude-oil pipeline ruptured more than a month ago, as well as property near an oil-contaminated cove of Lake Conway.
Student bills to note department’s use of auxiliary funds
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas plans to start advising students on their bills that a portion of auxiliary revenue, such as housing and food-service funds, goes to athletics.