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Mayflower Oil Spill: Exxon's Shady Secrets Uncovered

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On March 29, the folks who brought you the Valdez crisis gave the world another oil spill. The ExxonMobil Pegasus oil pipeline ruptured in Mayflower,  Arkansas,  spilling an estimated 84,000 gallons of oil and chemicals into a suburban neighborhood and nearby body of water.
22 families have been evacuated, and the stench can be smelled up to 5 miles away.

Birds killed as a result of oil from the Exxon Valdez spill. by Photo courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.

Dead and injured oiled ducks and other wildlife have been found by cleanup workers.

Because the crude oil product is labeled "diluted bitumen," rather than "oil", a legal loophole allows Exxon to escape without paying into a fund for clean up.

An initial "no fly zone" ruling had been made by the FAA, with an Exxon employee in charge of the airspace.   There has been much speculation that this was primarily done as an attempted media blackout.

The person shooting the video below is apparently in Exxon-restricted areas. The video shows images of a dumping site in a wooded waterway area. The person filming says that the oil did not naturally flow there from the rupture, but had apparently been pumped there on purpose.

The video also shows the high tech clean up methods.  Paper towels.  Not kidding. I swear.
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Please note: there is some language in the video that may be inappropriate for the workplace or children's ears.

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has  launched an investigation into the ExxonMobil pipeline rupture.

The 22 evacuated families may wonder how long that investigation will take.  Residents near the catastrophic Bayou Corne sinkhole in the Napoleonville, LA, area were evacuated on August 6, 2012, and have been displaced, with their lives in limbo, for over 8 months. They're still wondering, too.
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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)

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The area that this video was taken is where the na... by Alyssa Martinez on Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 9:41:47 AM
 As you saw, the exact info in the video was ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 10:14:00 AM
Answer: the fact that they can now hide anything t... by Simon Leigh on Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 11:16:16 AM
that in this day of cell phones with cameras, that... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 5:20:54 PM
    I certainly hope that someone sends ... by audrey fisher on Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 2:00:41 PM
Let's hope that the timing of this spill helps to ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 5:28:05 PM
So glad to see an article about this on OEN.YouTub... by Amy Schreiner on Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 7:39:14 PM
It does feel empowering, like "we the people" do h... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 8:26:16 PM
 These passages ring with truth (from http://... by Cynthia Piano on Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 9:11:37 AM
This April essay (Part I) presents new and s... by Elizabeth Woodworth on Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 5:43:28 PM