Judge OKs agreement ending lawsuit over Arkansas oil leak

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has signed a $5 million agreement among the operators of an oil pipeline and state and federal governments to end a lawsuit filed over a rupture that soiled land and water in central Arkansas in 2013.

U.S. District Judge Kris Baker said Wednesday the agreement complies with the Clean Water Act and is fair to ExxonMobil and the governments.

The sides had announced the proposed settlement in April. It includes penalties for state and federal violations following a 3,190-barrel spill near Mayflower.

Central Arkansas Water, which wanted the company to move another portion of the pipeline from the watershed that serves the Little Rock metropolitan area, failed to block the agreement.