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April 8, 2013

Mayflower Oil Spill: Exxon's Shady Secrets Uncovered

By Meryl Ann Butler

What is Exxon trying to hide?


Exxon Valdez by Public Domain via wiki

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.

Please note: there is some language in the video that may be inappropriate for the workplace or children's ears.

(Link to video: http://m.ustream.tv/recorded/30997011?rmalang=en_US)

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.

Submitters Website: http://www.merylannbutler.com

Submitters Bio:

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 since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, 2013. In June, 2015, the combined views on her articles, diaries and quick link contributions topped one million. She was particularly happy that her article about Bree Newsome removing the Confederate flag was the one that put her past the million mark. Her art in a wide variety of media can be seen on her YouTube video, "Visionary Artist Meryl Ann Butler on Creativity and Joy" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcGs2r_66QE A NYC native, her response to 9-11 was to pen an invitation to healing through creativity, entitled, "90-Minute Quilts: 15+ Projects You Can Stitch in an Afternoon" (Krause 2006), which is a bestseller in the craft field. The sequel, MORE 90-Minute Quilts: 20+ Quick and Easy Projects With Triangles and Squares was released in April, 2011. Her popular video, How to Stitch a Quilt in 90 Minutes with Meryl Ann Butler can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrShGOQaJQ8 She has been active in a number of international, arts-related projects as a citizen diplomat, and was arts advisor to Baltimore's CIUSSR (Center for Improving US-Soviet Relations), 1987-89. She made two trips to the former USSR in 1987 and 1988 to speak to artists, craftpeople and fashion designers on the topic of utilizing the arts as a tool for global wellbeing. She created the historical "First US-Soviet Children's Peace Quilt Exchange Project" in 1987-88, which was the first time a reciprocal quilt was given to the US from the former USSR. Her artwork is in collections across the globe. Meryl Ann is a founding member of The Labyrinth Society and has been building labyrinths since 1992. She publishes an annual article about the topic on OpEdNews on World Labyrinth Day, the first Saturday in May. "Creativity and Healing: The Work of Meryl Ann Butler" by Burl Hall is at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Creativity-and-Healing--T-by-Burl-Hall-130414-18.html Burl and Merry Hall interviewed Meryl Ann on their BlogTalk radio show, "Envision This," at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this/2013/04/11/meryl-ann-butler-art-as-a-medicine-for-the-soul Archived articles www.opednews.com/author/author1820.html Older archived articles, from before May 2005 are here.