And ExxonMobil Isn't
Saying How Much Oil Is Still In the Pipeline
By William Boardman
ExxonMobil Was Here by (EPA)
Cleanup Workers Collect Oil Faster than Media Collect Information
Ten days after the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline burst, spewing thousands of barrels of Canadian tar sands oil into the North Woods residential development in Mayflower, Arkansas, much of the oil spill has been collected, although it continues to spread slowly, seeping into wetlands and nearby Lake Conway.
Slow as the oil's movement may be, it seems to move faster than news related to the spill, the cleanup, or ExxonMobil and the local, state, and federal agencies who keep tight control over information that, in ordinary circumstances, the public would expect to hear in a timely fashion.
Even those directly affected say they are told little, mostly generalities from ExxonMobil public relations people. As RT.com reported April 7, "Town residents say they are being kept in the dark over compensation and the cleanup by Exxon."
Over at Lighthousesolar.com, the sardonic view of this tight-liddedness was that the news control machine was working:
"The big news is that for the most part, only fringe online new outlets are reporting on the disaster! The federal and state government appear to be working together to keep the news of the spill from making it onto front page news. Consider this:
"The oil spill was kept off front page news on all major new outlets.
"Exxon has asked the FAA to enforce a no-fly zone over the area, most likely to
prevent aerial photography. The FAA did as Exxon asked.
"Local and state police are keeping the media and public away from the spill