Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) got what he asked for – and then some – from ExxonMobil in the wake of a major pipeline oil spill that occurred near Mayflower less than two weeks ago.
McDaniel set an April 10 deadline for the oil behemoth to comply with his subpoena for documents. The company provided nearly 13,000 pages of information to McDaniel’s office.
Karoline Wightman with our content partner, Fox 16 News, reports:
“We received 12,587 pages of documents including 5 cd’s of data and more than 200 blueprint sized diagrams,” McDaniel said.
Lawyers and investigators are reviewing those documents as part of the Attorney General’s independent investigation. A team of experts will go over the spill site, working with all involved agencies looking at the air and water quality test samples.
“I have requested $4 million from Exxon to immediately establish a fund to pay for the state’s investigative expenses. This is consistent with federal law and the approach taken by the Attorneys General on the gulf coast who were advanced $175 million from the responsible party in that case, BP,” he said.
The Attorney General says he still has more questions than answers about why this happened. He says according to state and federal investigators, the broken portion of the pipeline is larger than originally thought.
“The rupture itself is more than 22 feet. 22 feet and 3 and a half inches long, and 2 inches wide to be more precise,” said McDaniel.
McDaniel said the documents won’t be released to the public until his office’s investigation is complete.
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