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The political argument over the Keystone XL Pipeline has taken a very real-world turn over the weekend, one that's leaving some Arkansas residents wondering when they'll be allowed to go home again.

FOX News Radio's Chris Hoenig has the story:

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Photo courtesy: FOX16.com

The Environmental Protection Agency is calling it "a major spill," more than 12,000 barrels of oil and water recovered so far after leaking from a portion of the existing Keystone Pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas.  Residents forced from nearly two dozen homes are growing frustrated.

(Mayflower Resident) "When we initially were evacuated, we were told, 'Pack for two days, it'll be cleaned up.'  Then we were told to pack for at least a week."

Now officials say it could take several weeks to clean the oil from streets, streams and lawns, and get the evacuated back home.  The pipeline segment, known as the ExxonMobil Pegasus Pipeline, runs from Illinois to Texas.

Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.

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