Video: Exxon pipeline breaks spilling 84,000 gallons of Canadian crude oil into Arkansas neighborhood
We have seen photos... but watching a video is another experience - An Exxon Mobile Corporation oil pipeline ruptured and spilled 83,000 gallons in Arkansas on Friday. Remember, these are the “totally safe” pipelines the industry wants to expand....
84,000 gallons of oil leaked into the Central Arkansas town of Mayflower in Friday, spilling into neighborhoods. Treehugger reports, Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor was one of one the seventeen Democrats that joined all the Republican Senators in voting for symbolic approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Pryor has claimed the pipeline will help create jobs in Arkansas, where some of the pipe is manufactured, however as Bloomberg reported recently, the project will only create 20 full time jobs, not the thousands that Pryor, TransCanada and other supporters like to talk about.”
40 homes had to be evacuated due to health hazards from crude oil fumes and to avoid stray sparks from igniting the standing oil. Emergency management is on the scene evaluating the situation, but this should be a heads up for our politicians. Of course, it won’t be. Meanwhile, Republicans are all about fewer regulations. Drill baby drill..
Dems are allowing this to pass, put the blame on everyone in DC.
And not one peep about this on the national news.
That is absolutely outrageous. Sickening!
. . . and then one day he was shootin' for some food, and up from the ground came a bubblin' crude.
Oil that is. Black gold. Texas Tea.
Fortunately, granny was there with a combine of flour and the entire henhouse. One lit match and finger lickin' good.
corporate greed trumps the well-being of the regular US citizen and the enviroment.
I can't wait for corrupt senators and the media spinning this.
Why does our country keep clinging to oil? How many hurricanes, melted glaciers, and generally unpleasant summers will it take for us to wake up? I'm not saying you have to go out and buy a Prius. But it's time we, as a nation, start paying attention to the impact we're having on our environment. Our future depends on it. Really.
(Nothing against Canada, folks...)
Dispatches From Exxon’s Spill Zone
When we first heard about the Exxon tar sands spill in Arkansas we knew we had to respond. A group of Blockaders arrived in Mayflower late last night to assist affected residents with mutual aid and help amplify their stories. Here is their first dispatch from the scene. You can also watch their livestream coverage.
Mayflower, Arkansas, April 3 – Yesterday, a group of blockaders traveled to Mayflower, Arkansas, the site of a tar sands spill that led to the evacuation of dozens of homes in this small community just north of Little Rock. Our objective is to first and foremost show solidarity with affected community members by lending any form of aid or relief we can, and also by documenting the facts in a way that mainstream sources have been predictably inadequate.
Upon approaching the spill zone, we were almost immediately stopped by police and warned that any “sneaking around” would lead to an immediate trip to the Faulkner County Jail, “no warnings.” Despite the stern advisory, this particular officer made it clear that these orders were coming straight from Exxon, and that only press with permission from Exxon media officials were to be granted access to document the site. No less than 20 minutes later, we were stopped again and issued a similar warning.
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