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Mass. congressman wants answers, puts Exxon on the clock

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MAYFLOWER (KATV) - It has been more than a month since the Mayflower oil spill, and the leak is starting to seep its way into other states.

The oil spill isn't only impacting those people in Mayflower, but people thousands of miles away want answers too.

The name Ed Markey probably doesn't ring a bell in the Natural State, and for likely reasons.

Markey (D-Massachusetts) is a United States Congressman, but the mishap in the Pegasus Pipeline has him very interested in the small Arkansas town. Now, he's put Exxon Mobil on the clock.

Markey has been a fixture in the United States Congress since 1976 and once served as chairman of the Committee on Energy Independence. He's now wanting more answers from Exxon than what they're giving out about the Pegasus Line break in Mayflower.

In his letter to Exxon Mobil CEO, Rex Tillerson, Markey said he's writing:

"…regarding troubling, and apparently conflicting information about the March 29th oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas."

Some of this pertains to a report only Channel Seven told you about on May 8 with lab tests showing evidence of oil all over Lake Conway.

"These are volatile, dangerous toxic compounds that appear to be moving pretty far downstream," said Scott Smith, CEO of Opflex Solutions, the company that tested the water column Lake Conway and provided the lab conclusions.

"No one can draw conclusions now other than there are very dangerous toxic, chemicals in the water and community," Smith added about his results with are opposite of what Exxon, along with the Arkansas Department of Environment Quality, have released thus far.

It seems Smith's message of more than just water in Lake Conway has gotten across to at least one congressman, but Mayflower is becoming a well known place across the nation.

Reports from Washington, D.C. show a picture in the Foggy Bottom subway of the small Arkansas town, with the words "This is a preview of what's to come, if the Keystone XL pipeline is approved."

You can read the full letter from Congressman Markey to Exxon Mobil's CEO here: 

http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/katv/documents/20130508_EdMarkeyLetter.pdf