Settlement reached in Arkansas oil spill case

June 15, 2017
FILE - In this April 1, 2013, file photo, crews work to clean up oil in a Mayflower, Ark., neighborhood after an oil pipeline ruptured and spewed oil over lawns and roadways. A settlement has been reached for families affected by the 2013 Exxon Mobil oil spill in central Arkansas. Attorneys for the residents and homeowners announced the settlement Thursday, June 15, 2017. They say terms will remain confidential. (AP Photo/Jeannie Nuss, File)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Exxon Mobil has settled a lawsuit over a 2013 pipeline spill that dumped tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into an Arkansas neighborhood.

Attorneys representing 64 families announced the settlement Thursday. They say terms will remain confidential.

Exxon told The Associated Press that it is committed to paying for the cleanup, but wouldn’t comment on the settlement’s specifics.

Government attorneys have said the rupture caused more than $57 million in property damage to a subdivision in Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock, and Lake Conway.

The 2013 lawsuit said Exxon was liable because its 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline was unable to handle the pressure of flowing crude, resulting in a rupture.

The 850-mile pipeline runs through Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Texas. It was closed shortly after the spill, but a segment in Texas has reopened.