Mayflower residents still struggling 60 days later

MAYFLOWER (KATV) - Wednesday marked 60 days since the Mayflower oil spill.

A civic organization hosted a town hall meeting to mark the occasion and so residents who continue to be impacted by the pipeline puncture could discuss their shared past and still-uncertain futures.

Channel 7 News spoke with one resident who was willing to speak out but insisted on remaining anonymous because her family's negotiation with ExxonMobil is non-existent. All they have is a house on the market, work crews on their block and a major problem constantly on their minds: nobody knows what the future holds.

"I'm curious to see what they do. I hope they make it right."

Her family lives just one street away from the spill's epicenter. They haven't been back since the Pegasus Pipeline first burst.

"From all the scientific information that I have listened to, we will not be returning to our home."

On Wednesday, Jessica attended a town hall meeting at the Game and Fish Commission office in Mayflower. She was desperate for answers after bouncing from one relative's house to another for 60 days straight with a 10-month-old child.

She said that her child used to sleep all night starting at 3-weeks-old but, since the spill, has been waking up in the middle of the night.

According to Jessica, "The first thing they tell you is to get a routine -- and that is very hard to do in this circumstance."

The biggest reason there are so many "for sale" signs in the North Woods subdivision is that ExxonMobil has insisted that every homeowner not in the immediate spill zone put their homes on the market for at least four months before they'll negotiate.

More than 50 home and land owners have filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil. Click here for more on that from Channel 7's Justin Lewis.

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