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Re: Peaceful Protest Underway against Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:24 pm

Common ground? Yes - there's spin, and spitballs toward the 'left' - but...

http://conservamerica.org/2013/03/keystone-xl-pipeline/

Just a quick cut - hit the site for the article and defense by the staff.
Identifying the scientific consensus as an extremist position is not helpful and does not suggest an informed analysis of the issue.

The problem we face is that fossil fuel corporations have successfully promoted a campaign of lies and deceptions about climate change generally and Keystone particularly. An informed judgment cannot be reached while we still promote the lies and deceptions. It is necessary to cut to the real information.


Progress has to come from all quarters, methinks...
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Re: Peaceful Protest Underway against Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:02 pm

http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/28/new-ted-book-turns-critical-eye-on-keystone-xl-pipeline/

Steve Mufson, author of the new TED Book Keystone XL: Down the Line and a reporter at The Washington Post, has journeyed along the entire length of the proposed pipeline. He suggests that its real story is twofold: about the American frontier spirit, and about just how far we are willing to go to feed our oil addiction. In the book, Mufson asks readers to consider the Keystone XL debate — beyond the issues of climate change, tar sands and U.S. energy trade policy. He unpacks issues that don’t get as much play in the press: the ups and downs of the North Dakota shale boom, prairie populism in Nebraska, drinking-water concerns near the Ogallala aquifer, Native American communities’ desire to protect their land and burials sites along the Trail of Tears, and ranchers’ objections to the use of eminent domain by Canadian companies.
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Re: Peaceful Protest Underway against Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:37 pm

http://greenpeaceblogs.org/2013/04/02/new-photos-exxon-pipeline-oil-spill-in-arkansas/

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The booms are nearly useless - they'll only catch the bits of diluent that don't evaporate. The bitumen is heavier than water and is moving along the bottom.
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Re: Peaceful Protest Underway against Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:11 am

Additional info on tarsands crude, including diluents, material safety data sheets (MSDS), and a couple of briefings on the 2010 Enbridge dilbit pipeline rupture that released 800,000 gallons into the Kalamazoo river.

http://www.crrc.unh.edu/workshops/oil_sands/index.html

From ConocoPhillips syncrude MSDS:
DANGER
Highly flammable liquid and vapor. (H225)*
Causes serious eye irritation. (H319)*
May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways. (H304)*
Harmful if inhaled. (H332)*
May cause drowsiness or dizziness. (H336)*
May cause cancer. (H350)*
May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure. (H373)*
Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects. (H411)*
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Re: Peaceful Protest Underway against Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:23 pm

Exxon has been withholding information from Mayflower residents; declared a press blackout; and is apparently controlling local police while deploying their own private security.

http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/exxonspill-dispatches/

Mayflower, Arkansas, April 3 – Yesterday, a group of blockaders traveled to Mayflower, Arkansas, the site of a tar sands spill that led to the evacuation of dozens of homes in this small community just north of Little Rock. Our objective is to first and foremost show solidarity with affected community members by lending any form of aid or relief we can, and also by documenting the facts in a way that mainstream sources have been predictably inadequate.

Upon approaching the spill zone, we were almost immediately stopped by police and warned that any “sneaking around” would lead to an immediate trip to the Faulkner County Jail, “no warnings.” Despite the stern advisory, this particular officer made it clear that these orders were coming straight from Exxon, and that only press with permission from Exxon media officials were to be granted access to document the site. No less than 20 minutes later, we were stopped again and issued a similar warning.


http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/30831913/highlight/338689
The video interview shows that Exxon is taking control of oiled animals from rescue organizations...

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/30880979
Local police are restricting filming and reporting from the scene of the oil spill, even when folks have permission from the property owner.

And there's a reaction to the local police department's efforts to restrict filming...
http://inagist.com/all/319901432641900544/
Tell Faulkner County Sheriff (501-450-4914) Deputy Sweeney's physical intimidation (grabbing arms/cameras) of those covering spill must end


Faulkner County Sheriff continue to harass citizens; pulls car over and threatens jail time if they don't leave.
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/30894923
...I'm getting a lot of money to make sure you stay out of these worker's way...
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Re: Peaceful Protest Underway against Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:53 pm

WHY?

http://arkansasmatters.com/fulltext?nxd_id=650762
MAYFLOWER, AR -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has placed flight restrictions on the airspace over the Mayflower oil spill.

Surface to 1000 feet in a 5 nautical mile radius of the spill

http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_3_8699.html
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Re: Peaceful Protest Underway against Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:25 pm

Exxon's on top of things in Arkansas. They used Craig's List ad to find clean-up workers. I wonder if they told them it was dilbit and not an oil spill?

http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/04/exxon-tar-sands-arkansas-pipeline
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Re: Peaceful Protest Underway against Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:58 am

Photos from EPA's on-site folks in Mayflower, AR

http://epaosc.org/site/image_list.aspx?site_id=8502

Dilbit had flowed into the water before the recent heavy rain made it worse.

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Re: Peaceful Protest Underway against Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:07 am

While people in the affected subdivision have been evacuated, others nearby have not and they're paying the price for staying.

http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/exxonspill-dispatches-2/
Mayflower, AR, April 4 – We had hoped to interview some affected residents, but they were too sick to talk to us. They live on a street immediately adjacent to the ones which were evacuated. Some homes which were not evacuated are actually closer to the spill than those which were – they’re a couple minutes by car but they’re only separated by a small grove of trees. The residents had not been contacted by Exxon or warned in any way about the dangers of tar sands. Both canceled the interview because they were feeling too sick to meet. Vomiting, headaches, dizziness, burning throats and coughing: the exact same symptoms felt by Kalamazoo residents after the Enbridge tar sands spill there in 2010.


Local police aren't just keeping 'citizen journalists' out...

http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/04/reporters-say-exxon-impeding-spill-coverage-arkansas#uniteblue
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20130405/insideclimate-news-reporter-threatened-arrest-ark-oil-spill-site
On Friday morning, Inside Climate News reported that an Exxon spokesperson told reporter Lisa Song that she could be "arrested for criminal trespass" when she went to the command center to try to find representatives from the EPA and the Department of Transportation. On Friday afternoon, I spoke to the news director from the local NPR affiliate who said he, too, had been threatened with arrest while trying to cover the spill.


EPA on site, but EXXON runs the show...
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20130402/oil-spill-cleanup-arkansas-exxon-running-show-not-federal-agencies?page=show
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Re: Peaceful Protest Underway against Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:59 am

Local residents learn of Mayflower oil spill from the news? Nope. The city? Nope. Facebook.

http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/exxonspill-dispatches-4/

They keep telling us different stories about what kind of oil actually spilled here. I don't think the public actually knows.


Then, we went to the wetland where Exxon has been dumping the diluted bitumen. That’s right: in order to get the tar sands out of the neighborhood where it spilled and out of sight and into one place for cleanup, we heard reports that Exxon had been pumping the excess to a wetland area which had already been affected by the spill. We went there to find out. It was just before sunset, and most of the workers had gone home. We had tried to access this area before but always been kept out by workers and police. (coordinates: 34 57 42.65, -92 24 52.64, just a couple hundred feet from the Bell Slough State Wildlife Management Area)
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