FAA Implements Flight Restrictions over Mayflower Oil Spill

Bravo, you guys are doing great! Wonder if it is in response to this???

http://theinternetpost.net/2013/04/03/amazing-aerial-footage-of-arkansas-tar-sands-oil-spill/

 

MAYFLOWER, AR — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has placed flight restrictions on the airspace over the Mayflower oil spill.

http://arkansasmatters.com/fulltext?nxd_id=650762

Full text of FAA restriction:

http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_3_8699.html

 

It is beyond frustrating. Obviously, Exxon is running the show, just like BP did. The plan is all coming together quite nicely, eh? Wildlife services takes over for the animals…nobody in or out of the neighborhood…now no flying over.

It’s deja-vu all over again.

 

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Mayflower, Arkansas Oiled Animal Photos

I found these on the FB page for HAWK Center (Helping Arkansas Wild Kritters). They were working the animal response team for the oiled wildlife, but this morning it was learned that Wildlife Response Services (the ones that assisted Gulf of Mexico wildlife) will be taking over for HAWK. I’m not thrilled about it, but HAWK is probably a bit overwhelmed right now. We didn’t get a lot of photos of wildlife from WRS during the Gulf spill…it seemed a lot of stuff was suppressed. Anyhow, if you would like to help HAWK, please like them on their FB page. It can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/hawkcenter

Here are some photos of the animals, taken by HAWK. Thanks to HAWK for the work they did with the animals.

Blue Winged Teal

Blue Winged Teal

Mallard Hen 2

Mallard Hen 2

Mallard Hen 3

Mallard Hen 3

Oiled Muskrat

Oiled Muskrat

Wood Duck Hen

Wood Duck Hen

A News Story About Oil Spill Details…With Very Few Details

Welcome to terrible reporting. In all fairness, Exxon keeps having these private meetings…people aren’t getting informed, and according to what I saw one journalist tweeting, he was not allowed into meetings concerning this issue. American journalism just isn’t journalism anymore when real stories cannot be accurately reported.

 MAYFLOWER, AR РFour days after the release of thousands of gallons of crude oil, ExxonMobil says a plan is being developed for the phased return of residents to 22 homes.

A few thousand barrels of oil were observed in the area; a response for 10,000 barrels has been undertaken to ensure adequate resources are in place, according to ExxonMobil.

More at link.

http://arkansasmatters.com/fulltext?nxd_id=650542

Mayflower, Arkansas Oil Spill With Photos

We went up to Mayflower to inspect what the hell is going on concerning the oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas. In all honesty, the media isn’t giving this one much attention. Again, I suspect this is because it occurred in the South. CNN and the like don’t really give a damn about us. I have seen this far too many times since moving down here two years ago, and it saddens me.

Clean-up crews have pretty much taken over the town. Mayflower is not a big town at all…but seems like the Exxon and clean-up people have made it a home for awhile.

The smell was absolutely revolting. I got very sick from being there. Had problems breathing and got nauseated. If any of you have ever experienced an oil spill, you will know exactly what I am talking about.

We were not allowed to go into the neighborhood where the oil is overtaking people’s homes. There is plenty of oil in the other areas, though, and as I said…the clean-up crews are all over. Not sure what the official story is concerning how much was released, but honestly, it has to be a lot with this many people.

There is a police checkpoint before you get into the neighborhood where the homes are. We chatted with the police officer and he said it will be at least a month before anyone is allowed in the neighborhood. I don’t know if the homeowners are being allowed there, but I did see people, so I am going to assume that they are. Of course, those could have been Exxon reps, for all I know. The police officer was not happy about the situation; you could tell he was disgusted by the whole situation.

We went over to the grocery store, where one of the staging areas is located. JM spoke to one of the workers, who said that he was doing air quality tests. All in all, it was fairly busy.

This is very upsetting that this occurred in Arkansas. There was boom in Lake Conway and the creek looks like it had a lot of oil. I saw a family of ducks right next to the boom, there were babies there.

Here are some photos. I did record a video and will be uploading this to youtube this evening. It always takes me a couple of hours to upload videos because of my connection ūüė¶

Click on the photo for the larger version.

This was near highway 365

This was near highway 365

Clean-up workers in the town

Clean-up workers in the town

Mayflower Medical Clinic sign

Mayflower Medical Clinic sign

Workers near neighborhood

Workers near neighborhood

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Oil in creek-booms

Oil in creek-booms

Oil in creek 2

Oil in creek 2

Centennial Bank sign

Centennial Bank sign

Sludge near creek

Sludge near creek

Boom on Lake Conway

Boom on Lake Conway

More boom on Lake Conway

More boom on Lake Conway

More Arkansas Dead Birds?

 

I caught this on my Facebook page. Thought maybe some of you might want to see what is going on. This incident has apparently taken place today in Conway, Arkansas. If anyone has more information, please comment. It was posted by the meteorologist, Todd Yakoubian. ¬†Can’t help thinking of my Beebe report from 2011:

https://heidilore.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/bird-strangeness-in-beebe-arkansas/

Also, in Hot Springs:

https://heidilore.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/more-dead-birds-in-arkansas/

Freaks me out. Here is a picture of the Conway incident from today:

Conway dead birds

Conway dead birds

 

Finding Meaning

It has been a rough few days. I vacillate between anger and sadness. I understand the waves, I am just trying to go with it. It is beyond my comprehension why an individual would want to burn down a house that we were moving into. I don’t know the thought processes behind that kind of insanity.

I understand pain. I understand anger. I understand regret. I understand shame. I’ve been there through it all.¬†

The only thing that is in my heart is that nobody was injured, thank the gods. We shall lay a stake to our new home here in the country. Gardens and animals shall abound. 

There is a silver lining. There always was. Destiny is a tricky thing, as are illusions. 

The individual(s) responsible will be held accountable. There is no honor in what they did. 

The cold wind blows on a supposedly Spring day…