Happy Easter from Exxon

(via 350.org on Facebook – an Exxon pipeline in Arkansas has just spilled 165,000 gallons of toxic tar sands.) http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/30/arkansas-residents-evacuate-as-exxon-mobil-tar-sands-pipeline-ruptures/

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About Rick Altman

Possibly just another 'Climate Cassandra' crying 'Wolf' in cyberspace. However, the moral of the old children's story is that the Wolf eventually turned up!
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8 Responses to Happy Easter from Exxon

  1. Reblogged this on Friend Nature and commented: An Exxon-Mobil oil pipeline ruptured Friday afternoon in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, forcing the evacuation of 20 homes and shutting down sections of interstate highway. According to Little Rock’s KATV, a hazardous materials team from the Office of Emergency Management has contained the spill and is currently attempting a cleanup. Related: Watch as tar sands oil flows through Arkansas neighborhood streets The burst pipe is part of the Pegasus pipeline network, which connects tar sands along the Gulf coast to refineries in Houston. Thousands of gallons of crude oil erupted from the breach around 3:00 p.m. on Friday, spilling through a housing subdivision and into the town’s storm drainage system, fouling drainage ditches and shutting down Highway 365 and Interstate 40.

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  2. artsifrtsy says:

    Been watching this all weekend. So sad to see such a mess here in Arkansas, or anywhere for that matter.

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    • Rick Altman says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. As you say, very sad for all those involved (sorry if that includes you). I hope they can clean up the visible mess quickly (although that which is not easily visible is probably a bigger problem).

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      • artsifrtsy says:

        It’s not in my part of the state, but it is so heartbreaking to see the images of oil soaked birds here in Arkansas. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in the path of that.

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      • Rick Altman says:

        I don’t get what this particular pipeline was for – where does it go to and from? How many others like it already exist and how long are they?

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      • artsifrtsy says:

        I think it goes from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. It is a part of the Pegasus Pipeline from the 1940s. It was heavy Canadian crude – a real mess to clean up – I wonder how many there are too.

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  3. PK Read says:

    I can’t even imagine having a stream of crude running down my street. It really shows just how dangerous and messy this stuff can be if it escapes the pipelines and containers in which we keep it.

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    • Rick Altman says:

      Thanks for commenting. What you cannot appreciate from a photo is the smell. There is a video of this same scene, wherein the voice-over gives you some idea how nasty it is…

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