New flyover of U.S. pipeline rupture — Pilot: Either oil is still gushing, or it isn’t washing away (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

Published: April 13th, 2013 at 10:05 am ET
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Title: 20130412 – Mayflower, AR Pipeline Spill
Source: On Wings of Care
Date: April 12, 2013

Two weeks ago ExxonMobil’s Pegasus Pipeline burst into the backyards of a neighborhood in Mayflower, AR, a beautiful small town next to Lake Conway and surrounded by other scenic lakes and waterways. Thousands of gallons of tar-sands oil have since filled the yards, streets, and now it has begun to make its way into nearly Lake Conway.

[...] The last two days have seen some very strong rainstorms in this area, so we were prepared to see little obvious oil from the air. But that was not the case at all, as you can see in these photos. Either there’s plenty still gushing, or this sticky, thick tar sands stuff is not easily washed away. [...]

Many thanks to Brayton Matthews of FlightlineFirst at New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport for joining Bonny on this flight, so that we could get these photos and videos to you promptly!

Watch the flyover footage here

Published: April 13th, 2013 at 10:05 am ET
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28 comments to New flyover of U.S. pipeline rupture — Pilot: Either oil is still gushing, or it isn’t washing away (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

  • dodge

    Pumps can be shut off… valves can be closed… but they are few and far between, pipes run up and down hill, siphon action will keep the pipe flowing and draining for a long time. The secrete is to define the spill while under pressure – anything else just doesn't matter, call it a bonus.


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  • weeman

    Tell me would you not rather buy your oil from Canada instead of Saudi Arabia etc, they are not your friend ( gulf war did not allow forces in there terrotory )and they can not even give women the vote and call it democracy, back ward nations not worthy and certainly not trustworthy.
    By the way who owned and was responsible for upkeep of pipe line Exxon, canada sold a product that you require it is not Canada's fault that you failed to keep tabs on pipeline, there will allways be accidents when transporting oil no matter how you supply.
    Granted that the removal of oil from tar sands is not very environmentally friendly, but how environmentally friendly is the middle east, virtually non existance in protecting the environment.
    The faster you promote renewable energy and implicate tax incentives, the less reliant you will be on oil and untill that time you will be a slave to oil.
    Canada is your best friend and always will be.
    We are sorry for burning the white house down and are still the only country to invade Washington DC and win,


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    • We Not They Finally

      Wow. Did you realize that that Canadian oil, once refined in Texas, is thought to be headed to OTHER countries, not the U.S. at all?? And that since it was "tar sands oil," not regular crude, it is not REGULATED in the same way and the people dumped on by the oil spill have less protection? And would YOU like to move to Arkansas, or to Louisiana with the mess there with the sinkhole? So I say, Canada, keep your oil!! No one here wants THIS. No one wants your "either/or" arguments either. We're hoping that at least Exxon having done this will STOP the Keystone pipeline from Canada.


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      • weeman

        Your remarks just show your ignorance, with no logical discussion how are you going to promote your views.
        If the oil is for export only, it is only greed on behave of the rich and therefore it is a domestic problem of your own making and only through dialog will you be able to change policy.
        Go polish your gun and smell the cheese.
        I don't want the keystone pipeline either, I would much rather refine the oil here and sell you a finished product, more power to us, you don't want it we will be glad to sell to china, India etc.
        Blame Canada for the sink hole? Look in your own backyard before accusations.


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      • hogy

        To We Not They Finally, first post–

        I agree. Suggesting that Canadian oil will "save" the US from the Saudis et al is nationalist rhetoric at its worst. Oil pipelines need more regulation and more guards. Oil pipelines in CA have burst many times–but those accidents only affected ……..er………forests and indigenes (aka Canadian Indians)……so why worry about a pipeline break now and then? eh?


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    • FibBuster

      I have a gut feeling WE THE PEOPLE are in a war that most of US don't realize. While we hear the the stories of environmental disasters in our lakes, rivers and Oceans. I look at the the bigger picture. These Mega Corporations make billions upon billions and then after the catastrophic event is over they get a slap on the wrist and pay the people basically pennies. Lively hoods are lost forever, once plentiful fishing grounds are dead and old recreational hang outs are fenced off and no longer available for public use. With all the worlds' now limited resources we enter a new age where true poverty will be the norm in places that have not seen it. The is a big difference in POOR and POVERTY.
      POOR is I'll tight my belt a little and hey we might have sacrifice a little less meat more vegetables, we'll catch the bus to work and school. POVERTY is much more sinister you wish you have more vegetables, you wish that you had a roof over your head to keep out of the elements. The people in the UNITED STATES are in for a rude wake up call because this is something that is headed our way. Farmers in the Central Valley of California aren't growing as many crops, Drought and floods in the Mid West have left much of the farmland there barren. And Our once bountiful Oceans and River are dying. While evil people plan for a depopulated world and it's happening right in front of us while we watch T.V, Sit in front of a computer, and most of US do nothing at all. And 99% movement was a…


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  • Believing in clean oilsands like believing in ‘magic fairies,’ top scientist says

    By Tom Spears, OTTAWA CITIZEN April 12, 2013

    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Believing+clean+oilsands+like+believing+magic+fairies+scientist+says/8234297/story.html

    "OTTAWA — Claims that Alberta’s oilsands are environmentally harmless are “lies” and won’t convince anyone in Washington, one of this country’s most famous ecologists said Friday.

    Political leaders in Alberta and Ottawa “seem to think that Americans believe in magic fairies — just shut your eyes and say the oilsands are clean four times and it happens,” said David Schindler of the University of Alberta.

    He said this reflects the current federal ideology — not anti-science, but “anti-some kinds of science. Anything with ‘environmental’ in it seems to be anathema.”

    Schindler, a freshwater scientist, was speaking at Carleton University. He has been a leading researcher on pollutants ranging from phosphates to acid rain to toxic waste, and in 2001 won the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal, a national award given to the country’s top scientist.

    Showing his audience an aerial photo of a scarred landscape in oilsands country, he said environmental assessments commissioned by oil companies show there is no impact and those same companies claim the damage is later remediated."


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  • hogy

    The real culprit in the excessive no-holds-barred resource exploitations around the world is capitalism. The USSR did not and China does not have communism, what they have is state capitalism. Communism doesn't work as both of those countries/movements found out. HOWEVER, mega capitalism doesn't work either, and it is more sinister than what people suffered under the USSR. Why? because today it has mega power and has succeeded in subverting national constitutions, civil rights, and turned this country into a national security state. Our civil rights went under severe stress under Dubya, and they've suffered even more under Obama with his proliferation of security (read; SPY) agencies where our telephone and email conversations are fair game for the spooks. Obama keeps on supporting the most dangerous tech. in the world–nuclear–either out front or behind our backs. He has succumbed to the drive of all our politicians: to become a millionaire while in office. This phenom. is testimony to how our constitutonal and civil society values have been undermined by our co-called political economy. Hundreds of thousand of our citizens try to speak on important issues, like shutting down the nukes, subsidizing alt. energy tech istead of oil companies, regulate gun ownership, on and on–yet our government– either as Congress or as the Executive– flouts the voice of our citizens. ALL THE RESULTS OF SUBSIDIZING GREED instead of the well-being of US citizens and the country's…


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  • hogy

    continued: …the country's environments. Capitalism is based on greed; the only kinds of it that sort of work to date are the mixed economies of the Scandinavian countries: part capitalist, part socialist.


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      your conclusions hogy are no more convincing than the convenient 'evidence' being used to support them. I can go to any 'modern' society on this planet and find egregious examples of abuse of both people and the environment. And returning to a agrarian social system will not prevent the abuses that follow such attempts. Decentralization is the key to progress. Free market capitalism is the only means of supporting such goals. The alternative always leads to consolidating power within the hands of what eventually becomes an abusive power-elite…


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      • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

        "….is the key to progress. Free Market Capitalism is the only means of supporting such goals…."

        Is Anybody still wondering what kind of master AFTERSHOCK is serving here on ENEnews ?
        Will it help anyone of us too survive ?
        NO ! He wants us to be submissive and divided to the powers that kill us . Makes us believe They/Capitalists are the good guy's connected with secret knowledge too technological godlike aliens loving and guiding us.
        Any post he makes that suggest he is on the victims/our side is just sucking back in/infiltrating / digging in and confuse/divide like a cameleon. Then he comes back working our mind. Every disaster is oke for him , because he see it as proof the Earth is done for , space is the next logical step and capitalisme is our saviour truout history.


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      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        I hear that the 75 mph Cheetah, the 4 times better vision, 10x grip strength Bald Eagle, the larger than human brained dolphin and all suffering species of the planet pile dung on your free market capitalism, migrate to space, man will triumph philosophy. Look in the face of a lion, or perfect symmetry of a Monarch butterfly and repeat, free market capitalism, free market capitalism for you and me, free market capitalism


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        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          and how could we forget the 'wisdom' of CodeShutdown?


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          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            aftershock, I know you see my "wisdom" as no wisdom at all. yet, in the difficulties of these short written comments, some get this message; dont rock the boat, its all a part of the grand evolution and triumph of man, ending in migration off the dying planet" Probably NOT your belief, just as "ninja should take out psychopaths" is allegory but taken by you as inanity. Never heard your actual solutions.


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            • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

              in truth CodeShutdown, unlike others who like to hammer bent nails, at least you have the decency to consider arguments. My main contention with you, is with your having promoted 'solutions' that risk the free exchange of information within this site and ultimately, the anti-nuke movement. Regardless of an individuals values, I will not stand by if they're promoting 'ideas' that legally jeopardize this site or others.

              That said, I'm sure a review of my past comments over the last two years will reveal numerous suggestions for issues that concern others. Whether my positions are misinterpreted, distorted or outright ignored is reserved to the readers. That is the reality of an open forum. But unless otherwise directed by this site's administration, I'll continue presenting my positions and solutions, while looking out to preserve your right to do so, as well…


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              • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

                To be clear, I agree with your point that my posts..as well as other persons…could be considered radical, reactionary, terrorist etc. and I guess are recorded in the great data base of Homeland Security (barf). Of course I hadnt considered it would > legally < jeopardize this and other sites. But perhaps therein lies a point; if my "ayahuasca darts" delivered by ninja blowguns allegory is IN FACT a legal threat to the free flow of information as you say, then we are in such poor shape as a civilization that solutions beyond "peace rallies" and T shirts of "dont hurt the psychopathic perpetrators of world destruction" are called for. Thats about where I stepped in with my useless words. Our little grumbling seems to me a form of recreation for people without a day job, rather than a powerful force which will help turn the tide of HORRIFIC events. Just WHEN is enough enough??


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  • A revolution is taking place in the energy arena. See http://www.aesopinstitute.org

    After you read the opening pages, you may find MOVING BEYOND OIL of interest.

    Feel free to contact me.


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