Pegasus Pipeline Ruptures In Missouri *frustrated sigh*

Via KAIT-Missouri:

The Pegasus Pipeline has ruptured again, this time along the Arkansas-Missouri state line.

ExxonMobil and Missouri officials are cleaning up an oil spill first reported Tuesday in Ripley County, Missouri. That’s 200 miles north of Mayflower, Ark., where the same pipeline burst, spilling thousands of barrels worth of oil into the North Woods subdivision.

Read more:

http://www.katv.com/story/22135448/pegasus-pipeline-ruptures-in-missouri

*This is a serious SAFETY ISSUE that Exxon needs to address. These pipelines are in woeful condition*

Missouri pipeline

Missouri Pipeline 2

 

Exxon Lies, Lies, and More Lies

Ahem.

Exxon tweeted this on April 15th, 2013:

ExxonMobil

Okay, so fast forward to today. April 22nd, 2013 via the latest Mayflower meeting:

Justin Lewis 1

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So, it got into the Arkansas River? Great job, guys. Great job. Unfortunately, now every time I am on Twitter I have to see a sponsored ad from Exxon about how much they care about Arkansas. Pfft…

 

Activists claim Arkansas oil spill diverted into wetland

*Sigh…it doesn’t end. Oh, and I’d like to say hello to Exxon. They seem to like visiting my blog these days.*

Activists with the group Tar Sands Blockade published new videos on Sunday showing oil from the Arkansas pipeline rupture purportedly diverted from a residential neighborhood into a wetland area to keep it out sight and, most importantly, out of the media.

While it’s not clear if the oil was intentionally moved into the wetland, the company says it is cleaning pavement with power washing devices, which could cause some of the oil to be pushed off neighborhood streets and into other areas.

 

Read more:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/07/activists-claim-arkansas-oil-spill-diverted-into-wetland/

Some News On The Oil Spill

Once again, not getting too much information. It’s infuriating the state and the evacuees.

 

Absence of oil-spill answers straining evacuees’ patience

(subscription site)

Almost a week after an oil pipeline ruptured in a Mayflower subdivision, spilling thousands of gallons of oil, workers pushed ahead on the cleanup, dozens of residents remained evacuated, a noxious odor lingered in parts of the community, lawyers for the state and Exxon Mobil got busy, and tempers flared.

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2013/apr/04/absence-oil-spill-answers-straining-evacu-20130404/

 

Arkansas Attorney General McDaniel sets deadline for Exxon oil spill documents

(AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has set an April 10 deadline for ExxonMobil to produce documents connected to the company’s oil spill in Mayflower.

http://www.thv11.com/news/article/258400/2/Arkansas-AG-sets-deadline-for-Exxon-documents-

 

They keep parroting this 3,500-5000 barrel information…seriously? If the flyover vid is to be believed, which of course I do, it looks much worse.

 

 

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.

 

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 – Four 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 😦

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