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The Arkansas oil-spill disaster

In Mayflower, Ark., emergency crews in protective gear worked to clean up thousands of barrels of Canadian crude oil after an Exxon-Mobil pipeline ruptured last week. 22 homes were evacuated.

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Spilled crude oil is seen in a drainage ditch near Starlite Road in Mayflower, Ark., March 31, 2013. An Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying Canadian crude oil was shut off after a ruptured on Friday causing an evacuation of 22 homes.

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Men wearing protective clothing survey cleanup efforts March 30, 2013 where an underground crude oil pipeline ruptured in the Northwood subdivision in Mayflower, Ark. Exxon Mobil was working to clean up thousands of barrels of oil after the pipeline ruptured causing 22 homes to be evacuated in the area. The Pegasus pipeline, which carries Canadian crude oil from Pakota, Illinois to Nederland, Texas was shut off Friday after the lead was discovered , the company said in a statement.

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Emergency crews work to clean up an oil spill near Interstate 40 in Mayflower, Ark., March 31, 2013.

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A man removes belongings from a home where an underground crude-oil pipeline ruptured in a subdivision in Mayflower, Ark., March 30, 2013. Exxon Mobil was working to clean up thousands of barrels of oil after the pipeline ruptured causing 22 homes to be evacuated in the area.

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This photo taken Sunday, March 31, 2013 shows the Northwoods Subdivision in Mayflower, Ark., the site of where a petroleum line ruptured near a drainage ditch, leaking oil into a stream leading into Lake Conway. Residents affected by an oil spill in central Arkansas could be displaced for weeks, officials said, as crews continued to clean up the thousands of barrels of oil and water that leaked from a pipeline.

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Emergency crews work to clean up an oil spill near Interstate 40 in Mayflower, Ark., March 31, 2013.

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Emergency crews work to clean up an oil spill near Interstate 40 in Mayflower, Ark., March 31, 2013.

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Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson, center, helps develop plans of action plans as part of incident review at temporary command operations at Mayflower, Ark., City Hall, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Next to him are Nicolas Brescia, left, EPA On Scene Coordinator at USEPA, and Dean Vanderhoff, right, incident commander at ADEQ. Residents affected by an oil spill in central Arkansas could be displaced for weeks, officials said, as crews continued to clean up the thousands of barrels of oil and water that leaked from a pipeline.

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A worker with an oil cleanup crews siphons off oil on floating on the top along the drainage toward Lake Conway in Conway, Ark., Sunday, March 31, 2013. Residents affected by an oil spill in central Arkansas could be displaced for weeks, officials said, as crews continued to clean up the thousands of barrels of oil and water that leaked from a pipeline.

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