Another Exxon Oil Spill Taxpayers Will Pay For In Some Way
An Exxon pipeline, carrying heavy Canadian crude through Arkansas, is leaking thousands of gallons of the thick oily liquid near the town of Mayflower, Arkansas.
The pipeline carries about 90,000 barrels per day from Pakota, Illinois to Nederland, Texas. 22 homes have been evacuated, and residents were told they might not be able to return for a week. A conservative estimate is that 10,000 gallons have leaked. Which, if we look at the past early estimates by oil companies, means it is probably 3 times that amount.
The Environmental Protection Agency considers the incident a “major spill,” said a spokesman for Exxon.
Immediate reaction came from opponents of the proposed Keystone pipeline which will carry crude from oil sands in Canada to the Gulf shores. It would carry 800,000 barrels per day through several states. Environmentalists claim this type of crude is more corrosive to pipelines than other types.
“Whether it’s the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, or … (the) mess in Arkansas, Americans are realizing that transporting large amounts of this corrosive and polluting fuel is a bad deal for American taxpayers and for our environment,” said Representative Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat.
Proponents of the new pipeline claim it will drive down prices of our oil reserves and create new jobs. This is Fantasyland. Senators in favor of building the pipeline are aware that the majority of the crude will be refined and shipped to other countries. The only jobs that will be created would be during the actual construction of the pipeline.
These Senators are campaigning in their states for votes, while receiving campaign contributions from the oil companies.
Columnist-The Guardian Express