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Mon Apr 1, 2013, 11:42 PM

Is the Arkansas pipeline spill a glimpse into our oil-soaked future? (First real MSM coverage?)

Is the Arkansas pipeline spill a glimpse into our oil-soaked future?


Is the Arkansas pipeline spill a glimpse into our oil-soaked future?

Three days after an Exxon pipeline in Central Arkansas burst and soaked the town of Mayflower in thousands of barrels of crude oil, the cleanup is ongoing. At last count, 12,000 barrels of tar sands oil and water have been dumped on the small town.
“Tar sands oil has the highest carbon content of any oil that we know of,” said 350.org executive director May Boeve on the April 1 edition of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes. “And right now, the spill we’re seeing in Arkansas is a devastating problem. And the real shocker about it … is that this pipeline carries one tenth of what the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry.”
One Mayflower local recorded a video of the spill:

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not sure if rules allow embedding the video from the original MSNBC post, but that and the rest of the story here:
http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/04/01/is-the-arkansas-pipeline-spill-a-glimpse-into-our-oil-soaked-future/

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Reply Is the Arkansas pipeline spill a glimpse into our oil-soaked future? (First real MSM coverage?) (Original post)
silvershadow Apr 2013 OP
Art_from_Ark Apr 2013 #1
silvershadow Apr 2013 #2
Art_from_Ark Apr 2013 #3
nightscanner59 Apr 2013 #5
Fawke Em Apr 2013 #7
olddots Apr 2013 #4
GitRDun Apr 2013 #6
silvershadow Apr 2013 #11
GitRDun Apr 2013 #16
Fawke Em Apr 2013 #8
silvershadow Apr 2013 #10
AnotherDreamWeaver Apr 2013 #12
Cannikin Apr 2013 #13
raouldukelives Apr 2013 #9
Cannikin Apr 2013 #14
silvershadow Apr 2013 #15

Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 12:12 AM

1. It's time to scrap the Keystone project

and focus on cleaner renewables.

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 01:42 AM

2. Long past time, if you ask me. nt

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Response to silvershadow (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 01:47 AM

3. Jimmy Carter had tried to encourage development of renewables

He even had the White House fitted with solar panels, and his energy bill encouraged people to install wind turbines, solar panels, etc., and even allowed them to sell their excess energy to the power grid.

Then Ronald Reagan came along and trashed all the best parts of Carter's visionary policy, and we as a country have been stuck in a fossil-fuels mindset ever since

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 02:25 AM

5. Thank You to one of the few dems who remember that!

Along with real progressive ideas such as fast trains... all given the axe by RayGun and cronies. USA could have been practically utopian with infrastructure to support massive economic growth, had it not been for the short-sighted crap the GOP preached, installed and stymied us all with.

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Response to nightscanner59 (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 02:42 AM

7. I remember that and I was 10 years old!

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 01:57 AM

4. You ain't seen nothing yet

The "people " who will benefit from this divide their time between Vail , Monte Carlo and where ever royalty play.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 02:31 AM

6. Here is the future for those families...

Constant testing of water to make sure it is safe to drink.

Worrying or actually seeing pets die from drinking local water polluted from the spill.

Worrying that backyard vegetables would be contaminated from chemicals in the groundwater.

Dealing with smells from whatever chemicals are a part of the oil or its completion chemicals.

Arguing over whose fault it is they cannot sell their houses or put up with the living conditions.

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Response to GitRDun (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 01:00 PM

11. I wouldn't do it. I would have to leave. I am a gardener. Besides, I just couldn't with my health

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Response to silvershadow (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 09:26 PM

16. I agree with you completely

Been discussing the issue with my son who is business school. Those poor families. No doubt the benevolent oil companies will produce lovely pictures of clean streets in the neighborhood and force the families who cannot sell their homes, now located in a brown field site to spend money fighting their lawyers...the whole thing makes me sick.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 02:44 AM

8. Support this website!

https://www.facebook.com/MayflowerArkansasOilSpill?group_id=0

My state Rep is already on-board. And...so am I.

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #8)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 12:48 PM

10. joined. n/t

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #8)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 01:22 PM

12. done...

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #8)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 01:32 PM

13. We did it! Finally getting national attention from MSM

I highly recommend following Nate Bell, Jason Rapert and Tim Griffin on Twitter also. That's where they seem to be making all of their excuses.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 04:39 AM

9. Only if we happen to live in the way of progress.

Corporate attorneys live for this stuff. Corporate lobbyists are well funded by international investors. Corporate politicians can't wait to help deregulate further protections. Corporate cops will kick your teeth in.
Americans start out on the losing side of a battle when they stand against profits. They are powerless in the face of corporations supported, in many cases, by themselves and their own neighbors.

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Response to silvershadow (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 01:33 PM

14. A big thank you to everyone at DU

for helping Arkansans get the word out. I really think they would have buried this if we'd let them. Now that it's getting national attention, our local stations are tripping over themselves to provide the most thorough coverage.

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Response to Cannikin (Reply #14)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 03:10 PM

15. Don't be too quick to celebrate. We need to keep the pressure on, so that tough questions are asked

and real answers are given. But, to you I do say, finally some congrats on getting the story out now.

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