Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today announced results of air tests in 14 homes in Mayflower in the area of spill of Canadian tar sands crude from the ruptured ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline.
He said air quality in 13 of the home could not be expected to cause short-term health harm. But he said the Health Department, which reviewed the independently gathered sampling data, found an “indeterminate” public health hazard in one home. Further testing was recommended for the unoccupied home.
None of the data indicates a long-term health risk, McDaniel’s release said. However:
McDaniel said he remained concerned over reports from area residents who have experienced headaches and nausea. His office will continue monitoring air quality, including in other residences affected by the spill, like those near the “cove” area of Lake Conway.
Also today: members of the Remember Mayflower Coalition traveled to Washington to make a symbolic delivery of a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to visit Mayflower and see damage there before approving a route for the Keystone XL pipeline.