*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.
Once again, not getting too much information. It’s infuriating the state and the evacuees.
Absence of oil-spill answers straining evacuees’ patience
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.
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.
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:
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.
Here is a video I took of the oil spill clean-up. I was in the staging area near the small shopping center. It took me several hours to upload because of my slowwwww connection. Sorry for the shakiness; when I use the zoom, there is an increased shaking effect, sadly.