Major oil spill in U.S. after pipeline bursts — 40 miles from Arkansas nuclear plant at ’emergency Level 4’ — “Like a river” of crude — Nearly 500,000 gallons spilled (VIDEO)

Published: April 1st, 2013 at 12:47 pm ET


Major Oil Spill

NBCNews, March 31, 2013: An ExxonMobil pipeline rupture near Little Rock, Ark., Friday evening has resulted in a “major oil spill,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency — and ignited further debate over the transportation of crude oil in the U.S.

KTHV: “We could see oil running down the road like a river” -Resident

CBC News: 10,000 barrels [420,000 gallons] of oil spilled in Arkansas pipeline rupture

Nuclear Plant Emergency

The Courier, March 31, 2013: The area surrounding ANO [Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville, Arkansas] was placed at emergency Level 4 because of the potential for local impact

Watch footage of the oil spill here

Published: April 1st, 2013 at 12:47 pm ET


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27 comments to Major oil spill in U.S. after pipeline bursts — 40 miles from Arkansas nuclear plant at ’emergency Level 4’ — “Like a river” of crude — Nearly 500,000 gallons spilled (VIDEO)

  • lickerface lickerface

    Wow I hadn't heard about this one until now. Arkansas is dying. Why did this pipe burst?

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Because our infrastructure is ancient and in dire need of renovation and this will become a common event if not addressed by our government who is also in need of counseling to stop the childlike bickering between parties. IMHO

  • We Not They Finally

    What does an "industrial accident" and a giant oil spill from a broken pipeline have to do with having to measure radiation in the air? And then a worker at that NUCLEAR plant says that this is the worst thing to happen in 30 years? And if what the Entergy official says about the public being "safe" is really true, then why are they acting like a child who cannot get his fibs straight?

    • soern

      the worker meant, a 500t generator stator slipping off the hook and falling down inside a NPP is really really bad as this could cause cracks and bad vibrations

      • We Not They Finally

        To spell this one out, 500 tons is ONE MILLION POUNDS. That fell INSIDE the NPP? How can anything withstand a million pounds of weight?

  • lickerface lickerface

    Oh crap this isn't crude oil. They sure lied about that. It's tar sands slurry which contains arsenic and benzene. That land is ruined for hundreds of years. The chemicals used to clean this up are deadly. Residents need to take photos and video of all workers as well as any evidence of the chemicals being used for "cleanup" so appropriate evidence can help assist in compensation measures. This really sucks to hear. I'm done buying Exxon gas or oil products. Can anyone help us make a list of products created by the pipeline owner? We need to support healthy commerce more than ever.

  • soern

    are you sure, its tar sands slurry?
    How can they use normal pipelines for transporting if it's so dangerous?
    I'm curious about what happens next.

    • lickerface lickerface

      "The Arkansas incident was the second spill of <strong> Canadian tar sands oil <strong> in a week. On March 27, a mile-long Canadian Pacific train hauling Canadian crude derailed in Minnesota, spilling 30,000 gallons about 150 miles northwest of Minneapolis."

      Huffington Post has no problem saying what kind of oil it is, but other media outlets are scared to admit it. Think about that – is the oil industry being made out to look like the most dangerous game in town at a time when the left hand of the magician is unleashing a potential radioactive disaster 40 miles from this area? Perhaps some outlets are owned by NPP industry, others by petro…

    • We Not They Finally

      Hoping that "what happens next" is that plans for the Keystone pipeline are scratched.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    The land is coming apart with earthquakes caused by fracking and other chemicals put into the ground. The Louisiana sinkhole is just the first resultant event(s), then the nuclear power plant, and now a pipeline with tar sands slurry.

    You can't have nuclear power plants. There is just too much irresponsibility of all these energy companies which are Japanese yakuza owned. The nuclear energy industry is owned by the same companies which own the nuclear power industry.

    Put them all in jail and decommission all the nuclear power plants. No matter how much it costs, the cost is much less than if you let this all continue. Cheney's secret energy cabal is destroying the whole earth.

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    This is only the beginning.

    All this infrastructure was created 20-30 years ago. Because of the greed of the energy companies they haven't been upgrading or maintaining it because it adds to much overhead to the bottom line. The typical run it until it dies mentality. Now we're seeing it all giving out. The gas pipeline explosion the other month, NPPs having constant shut-downs and system failures, now an oil pipeline burst and there are many, many more other incidents within the last 5 years. 10-15 years from now when the US is in financial ruin, the internal infrastructure completely disabled due to constant failures and over 1/2 the land uninhabitable the world is going to look back and hopefully see that it's the energy companies and the lax governmental regulations that caused it all.

    • We Not They Finally

      Actually, the pipeline that broke was SIXTY-FIVE years old. There is infrastructure in shocking disrepair all over the U.S. — this just happens to be a very dangerous case We're an "instant gratification" nation — and always surprisingly shocked when someone has to pay.

      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

        @We Not They Finally

        But, but, but I heard on the evening news that Obama is planning to spend lots of money on "studying" the human brain. Mind Control anyone? He's not working on infrastructure. Is anyone in charge up there?

  • Anthony Anthony

    Mayflower, Arkansas Oil Spill Leaves Crude Running Through Suburban Streets (VIDEO)
    The Huffington Post | By James Gerken
    Posted: 04/01/2013 11:26 am EDT | Updated: 04/01/2013 1:43 pm EDT

  • We Not They Finally

    Cannot google the arkansas nuclear accident. Cannot google the oil spill EITHER. It's black-out time. Something REALLY bad is happening down there. And this was sudden. Earlier in the day, you could google at least SOME news. Now even "ENE News Arkansas" comes up with NOTHING.

  • We Not They Finally

    This was apparently CANADIAN oil. Maybe the Keystone advocates just got panicked. I'm fine with them being panicked. I'm just not fine with a black-out of news.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Earth Changes, land slides, earthquakes, singing rocks, severe weather, climate change. Lots more like this to come. Now the problems are beginning to overlap. We lose a town. Then we lose a city. Then we lose a region. Then we lose a nation. What next? We lose a continent? By our own greed?
    Yuo run pipes underground, making no allowance for earth movement.
    You run wires down every road, making no allowance for wind or weather.
    Someday, you shall pay a price.

    • lickerface lickerface

      Very good observations.

      • CB CB

        500,000 gallons is about 39 above ground round pools 24' wide x 4' deep. If that is the correct estimate spilled..

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      It's enough to make you conclude that we are being "farmed" by an outside power. Could those in power be so stupid or unable to anticipate catastrophes?

  • We Not They Finally

    What gets freaky is that Exxon claims to have already cleaned up 12,000 gallons of oil like that's a big accomplishment, when it's really the proverbial "drop in the bucket." Then no one mentions the FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND gallons again.

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    "Hold it RIGHT there… you kids are NOT coming back in the house covered with that stinky oil and track up my clean floors. HONEY… could you get the Corexit 9500(r) and power-wash the kids for me? The dog should be somewhere in the back yard too…"