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.
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...