New photos from Exxon Arkansas pipeline spill reveal oil now in wetlands

by Cassady Sharp

April 9, 2013

Eilish Palmer, a volunteer with HAWK (Helping Arkansas' Wild Kritters) holds out her finger coated in thick black oil collected from a marshy area that backs up to a residential area in Mayflower, Arkansas on April 5, 2013, a week after a pipeline rupture. Exxon's Pegasus pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude from Patoka, Illinois to Nederland, Texas, was shut down March 29, 2013 after a leak was discovered late in the afternoon in a subdivision near the town of Mayflower, Arkansas. The leak forced the evacuation of 22 homes. Exxon had no specific estimate of how much crude oil had spilled, but the company said 12,000 barrels of oil and water had been recovered. The company did not say how much of the total was oil and how much was water. Greenpeace Photo by Karen McCall

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More than a week after the Exxon oil pipeline spill in Arkansas, residents of Mayflower Arkansas report crude oil polluting surrounding wetlands. Local law enforcement seems to be working with Exxon establishing no-fly zones and making it difficult to document the spill and cleanup process. In the past two weeks, we've seen pipeline spills and train wrecks have sent nearly 160,000 gallons of oil seeping into our land and water. The math is simple. More oil pipelines, more oil drilling, more coal plants, more coal exports and more fracking equal a completely contaminated planet.

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