Oil-Soaked Birds Turn Up in Arkansas Spill
Smell permeates town as Keystone debate rages
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 2, 2013 6:55 AM CDT
A worker cleans up oil in Mayflower, Ark., on Monday, April 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jeannie Nuss)

(Newser) – Ten surviving "oiled ducks" and two dead ones have turned up following a pipeline leak in Arkansas, Exxon Mobil says. "I'm an animal lover, a wildlife lover, as probably most of the people here are," says a local judge. "We don't like to see that." The air around the town of Mayflower smells like oil, the AP reports, and two front lawns have been soaked by the stuff. An Exxon rep says there's "no indication" of health dangers, but the spill's cause remains a mystery as Exxon workers clean up.

The company was fined in 2010 for a failure to inspect another part of the Pegasus oil line often enough, Reuters notes. As of yesterday, the company still hadn't dug up the ground around the leak. Meanwhile, the disruption of the line, which runs from Patoka, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, continued to fuel debate over the Keystone XL pipeline. The Pegasus line transported oil similar to what the Keystone pipeline would carry, Bloomberg notes, and there's controversy over whether this diluted bitumen is more corrosive than regular crude. Last year saw 364 US pipeline spills totaling 54,000 barrels. National Geographic has more photos of the latest spill.

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mind_riot
Apr 2, 2013 12:00 PM CDT
yea letting them police themselves is working out real nice . how much hit the water table before breaking ground and for how long ?
trailmix
Apr 2, 2013 11:30 AM CDT
Why is Tony Hayward, not in Prison? These fricki'n CEO's welcome Millions of dollars in bonuses and yet deny any responsibility when the corporation they accept their title from breaks the rules and regulations. This over paid scumbag does not deserve a pass. 5 months after the B P fatal disaster, all he had to say was " I just want to be on my yacht " and they let him resign ( with millions ) and go back to England. He should be back here and in prison.
kumatose
Apr 2, 2013 10:20 AM CDT
How disgusting is the idea that a corporation could show up at your house, drill for oil in your back yard, pollute your soil and the ground water aquifer (where you get your children's drinking water), sell the oil back to you at a large profit... and people think that's ok? As a nation, that's exactly what's happening.