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!
Published: April 13th, 2013 at 10:05 am ET