Trial date proposed for Ark. oil spill lawsuit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A trial date has been proposed for a federal lawsuit about a central Arkansas oil spill.

An online record filed Thursday in Little Rock federal court proposes a trial that would start sometime during the week of June 16.

State and federal officials filed the lawsuit in June after a pipeline operated by ExxonMobil Pipeline Company ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil at Mayflower on March 29.

State and federal authorities want a judge to find that ExxonMobil broke the law when the pipeline failed. They’re also seeking civil penalties, costs and damages.