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Arkansas AG to investigate oil pipeline leak

The Arkansas attorney general is opening an investigation into what caused last week's pipeline rupture that allowed thousands of barrels of heavy crude oil to flow into a residential area.
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Mayflower resident Amber Bartlett, who left her home after the spill, told CNN on Tuesday that a cul de sac in her neighborhood last week was "just covered ... nothing but oil."

"It looked like a river flowing down the road," she said.

Bartlett said her yard wasn't affected as badly as others -- "a little bit of oil got just in the very front of the front yard," she said. But the smell is "very intense."

"I went back in for a few minutes to get some things yesterday, and (the smell) ... was more intense than it was on Saturday," Bartlett said Tuesday.

Asked if she had been worried that the underground pipeline could leak, Bartlett said she hadn't even known it was a possibility.

"I can't say that I was concerned, because I do not recall being told that it was there," she said...

The Pegasus pipeline, which could carry up to 90,000 barrels of crude each day, was built more than 60 years ago, an Exxon Mobil spokesman said. Leaks are not uncommon, but the company's recent inspections showed no red flags for this section, he told CNN affiliate KARK.