LITTLE ROCK — Exxon Mobil has settled a lawsuit over a 2013 oil spill in Faulkner County.
Lawyers representing dozens of residents and homeowners announced the settlement Thursday. The terms of the agreement are confidential.
The March 29, 2013, rupture of the Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower released more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil into homes, yards, a creek, wetlands and a cove of Lake Conway. Dozens of homes in the area were evacuated because of the spill.
In April 2015, Exxon agreed to pay a $5.07 million settlement to resolve allegations by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency that it had violated federal and state environmental laws in connection with the spill.
In October 2015, the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ordered Exxon to pay a $2.63 million fine for violations of safety regulations that contributed to the spill.
Exxon’s latest settlement avoids a trial in a suit filed in 2013 by Mayflower residents and homeowners affected by the spill. The suit alleged that the pipeline, made largely with pre-World War II materials and technology, ruptured because it was unable to handle the pressure of the crude oil flowing through it.
Exxon did not immediately respond Thursday to an email seeking comment. The company had said previously it regrets that the accident occurred and that it responded quickly to the spill and worked closely with federal and state environmental agencies to clean it up.