"A dam made of dirt,
wood and other building materials has been erected in the initial ditch that
contains a majority of the oil, with an additional blockade set up in two
culverts connected to coves that allow water into Lake Conway".
"The obstructions will prevent any oil from passing through for an extended period of time, possibly days, Dodson added."
If the oil was contained the first day, what's all the fuss about?
Early reports appear to have been over-optimistic.
There are more than 100 photographs on the website for the EPA On Site Coordinator, from the period March 29-April 6. They show that the oil got into active waterways almost immediately on March 29. And at least some of the oil was also flowing on the ground and into the street, ending up going down a storm drain.
EPA image #78 shows "Sorbent boom in place at discharge point from neighborhood underneath Main Street" -- four days after the spill, on April 2.
EPA image #90 shows "Containment boom installed in Lake Conway" on April 2.
Has tar sands oil reached Lake Conway or not?
ExxonMobil reportedly says it has not.
Grist.org reporter Suzi Parker says that Arkansas Attorney General McDaniel "reported Friday morning [April 5] that there is oil in Lake Conway despite ExxonMobil's assurances to the contrary."
The Grist report adds:
"'Great efforts have been taken to limit the spread of the oil to only one area of Lake Conway, which is referred to as the Cove, but the Cove and Lake Conway are hydrologically connected and are therefore one body of water,' Aaron Sadler, spokesman for McDaniel, told Grist.
"Meanwhile, access to the site continues to be tightly policed. According to InsideClimate, ExxonMobil threatened reporter Lisa Song with arrest on Wednesday when she entered the command center looking for government officials.
So is it like martial law or a police state in Mayflower, or are these just more whiners and media frenzy whippers?
Hard to tell. Of course it could be both.
The restricted area is considerably smaller than the no-fly zone's 78 square miles.