LITTLE ROCK — Mayflower residents who suspect they may be suffering health issues related to the oil spill in the Northwoods subdivision in March are eligible for free health assessments, Gov. Mike Beebe’s office announced Thursday.
The health assessments, available by appointment only, will be at the Faulkner County Health Unit in Conway beginning Sept. 3. They will be provided by the state Department of Health working with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, according to a news release.
Residents will meet with a public health nurse who will conduct a confidential interview about health concerns and symptoms that may have developed since the Mayflower oil spill. Following initial interviews, residents may be scheduled for further evaluations via telemedicine resources with specialists from the the state Department of Health and UAMS, also at no charge.
ExxonMobile’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29, spilling an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto streets and yards in the subdivision and nearby wetlands and forcing the evacuation of 22 homes.
Some of the homeowners are in the process of selling their homes to ExxonMobil, which has offered to buy them at pre-spill appraisal prices.
Several area residents have sued the company over the spill, as have the state attorney general and the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.