Roundtable-Forum spotlights Mayflower Oil Spill

CONWAY (Log Cabin Democrat) - Several experts talked Wednesday about the ecological, economical and environmental impacts of the thick, tar-like oil that leaked from a ruptured ExxonMobil pipeline in Mayflower March 29 and dumped about 5,000 barrels near Lake Conway.

Sensitive marshes were coated in oil. Hundreds of crews have descended on the town to clean up oil. Volunteers have tried to save birds, animals and even snakes. Meanwhile, some schoolchildren went home at least one day, and residents question how safe it is to return to homes.

The roundtable-forum, hosted by the Log Cabin Democrat, concentrated on the environmental repercussions to an oil spill that may have lasting health and environmental consequences for years.

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