Gallery: ExxonMobil Arkansas Tar Sands Spill Reignites Keystone XL Deba...


Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline have long warned of the catastrophic impacts of a major spill if the infrastructure were to fail. On Friday, the nation no longer had to imagine how a tar sands disaster would look. The city of Mayflower, Arkansas was inundated with thousands of gallons of black diluted bitumen leaking from the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline, forcing the evacuation of 22 homes. Classified as a “major spill” by the EPA, fifteen vacuum trucks and 33 storage trucks have been deployed to contain the oil and keep it from spreading into local water bodies. The failure once again highlights the inherent danger in transporting tar sands oil, and adds to the pressure facing President Obama in his decision whether or not to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.

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  1. bojamajams April 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    It always amazes me how long it takes them to shut down the flow of oil through these lines. Until they institute more stringent safety standards I don’t think any pipeline should be approved, especially one so high risk as this…

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