Oil Spill One Year Anniversary: How Locals Feel Since the Spill

By DREW PETRIMOULX | dpetrimoulx@kark.com

Published 03/28 2014 07:13PM

Updated 03/28 2014 07:51PM

It's been one year since the oil spill in Mayflower
It's been one year since the oil spill in Mayflower

MAYFLOWER, AR -- Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the oil spill in Mayflower that dumped hundreds of thousands of crude oil into a residential neighborhood. 
The oil eventually poured into a marsh area that flows into Lake Conway.
Since then, there has been a lot of worry about the health of the popular fishing and recreation spot that is also home to many people.

Spill Sent Wildlife Packing

"We used to have all kinds of birds and animals," said Robin Lang, showing us around the property near her home on the shores of the cove of Lake Conway.  It's where storm drains carried crude oil after a pipeline burst in a nearby neighborhood.

The woods and water are what brought Lang to this area six years ago.

"We liked living in what appears to be the country," said Lane.  But, Lane explained, that's been ruined.

"It's ugly," said Lane.  "It doesn't smell good and it's not nice to look at."

Lang says wildlife is gone and the sounds of noisy airboats buzzing across the water looking for oil are daily.