Report: Media lockdown over Arkansas oil pipeline rupture — Residents say sickened from spill — ‘Paper towels’ to cleanup? (VIDEOS)

Published: April 8th, 2013 at 9:16 am ET


Title: Activists claim Arkansas oil spill diverted into wetland
Source: The Raw Story
Author: By Stephen C. Webster
Date: April 7, 2013 16:59 EDT

[…] Activists also interviewed a local resident who claimed the oil has continued “flowing” into Lake Conway since the spill happened. […]

The activists noted that they were turned away from the area several times before by police and Exxon spill cleanup workers, but they returned on Saturday just before sundown and managed to sneak in to capture footage of the oiled wetlands. In two separate videos, nearby residents say they’ve been made sick my the spill, which has tremendously affected their air quality.

This footage has largely remained out of the media due to the lockdown that’s descended upon Mayflower nearly a week since the spill. Reporters touring the damage with Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel were allegedly turned away by Exxon workers. One journalist, InsideClimate News’s Susan White, was even threatened with arrest when she asked a question of Exxon’s “public affairs” desk inside the spill cleanup command center. The company has also secured a no-fly zone over the spill area.

Video of Lake Conway’s wetlands shows thousands of what Exxon called “absorbent pads” — which appear to be nothing more than paper towels — littering the blackened landscape as thick, soupy crude bubbles across the water’s surface. […]

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Published: April 8th, 2013 at 9:16 am ET


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13 comments to Report: Media lockdown over Arkansas oil pipeline rupture — Residents say sickened from spill — ‘Paper towels’ to cleanup? (VIDEOS)

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose running a timeline..

    Arkansas oil spill: Timeline

    • Angel2

      It is time to go to the local sheriffs in the area and ask them to contact fbi and other governmental bodies that WILL take action..there is enough evidence on facebook pages alone, much less hundreds of other websites on the internet to sink our teeth into and use as evidence against Exxon to put pressure and get action we want to get immediate assistance and an investigation and action to take care of the animals and humans and the lands and water and properties. The fbi is not bought and paid for..not for this type of situation. The sheriffs are the ones who will act and are a separate entity..and start a big media event on facebook..did you know that works!!! It is interesting..but very important right now for people to stand together..the big corporate and corrupt government officials where ever those ones may be want us to be afraid, their tactics are meant to scare us and divide us so we don't know what to do..get organized and take action and don't take this kind of thing anymore!!!!

  • Cisco Cisco

    Remember…how Exxon/Mobile responds, their strategy and clean up plan, their plan for affected residents' health monitoring and treatment, their methodology, equipment, processes, collection, and safe removal to hazardous waste site, should be a model for all future oil spills, right?

    Maybe when people get a taste of the health and real estate collapse and consequences in and around the spill, they might think about calling that dumb ass AR republican congressman who's still all for the XL Pipeline, and all the more.

    We don't need no more stinkin' regulations, right?

    • jec jec

      Since we do need and use oil, the pipelines are part of the 'bill' for this energy need. Would think all pipelines over XX years and IF the product moved thru the pipeline changes (crude vs bitmen tar sand oil) or direction, it should trigger a report and review BEFORE the action is taken. For EXXON/MOBILE..well its THEIR OIL..THEIR MESS..forget regulations..they have to cover the costs of all cleanup. If they try to get out of it by pointing out there is a cap to liability..and they were not bound because the materials dumped were not CRUDE..its still EXXON/MOBIL property that cause the disaster. And, hopefully, they will cover all costs to homeowners, health damages, business and environment. Frankly if they have to have people in HAZMAT to access the yards of the homes..EXXON/MOBILE needs to buy out the folks immediately..and pay all costs for relocation..or reembursement for homes and furnishings that are not useable due to VOC contamination. Its going to be a big bill.

      While I do not like oil pipelines..I like them more than I like nuclear plants. The Keystone pipeline would be new..and would be safer than 65 yr old old infrastructure pipes. Sounds like a lot of construction jobs waiting on the wings..if Pres. Obama replaces all the old lines by his executive orders. He has done hundred orders so what is one more..come on and replace these old systems..before it gets worse..and move to solar and wind energy as fast as possible.

      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


        "Since we do need and use oil, the pipelines are part of the 'bill'…."

        1) It was General Motors that instigated the takeup of the railroad tracks so we could not travel any other way than by car. They were fined $5,000. :>(

        2) The pipeline will transport Canadian tar sands South for export. We won't be using the oil, so I question why Canada doesn't construct it on their land instead of ours.

  • "(…) thousands of what Exxon called “absorbent pads” — which appear to be nothing more than paper towels…"

    Hey, Exxon corp drones! I have a few of what I call "identity concealment devices" — which appear to be nothing more tan paper bags… for you to stick over your heads! You'll thank me later.

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Want to actually DO something about this mess? A private company has 'requested' the FAA restrict airspace above the site because it's corporate chopper was involved in 'relief operations'. The perennial state sponsor of censorship – the FAA – readily agreed to keep the prying eyes of taxpayers from Exxon's mess. Once again, we turn to the increasing relative journalistic credibility of the RussiaToday network instead of the MSM censors:

    "…The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that until further notice, no aircraft will be allowed to operate over the Mayflower oil spill in Conway, Arkansas. While there was scant explanation for the mandate, it was “effective immediately” – and ordered to stay in place “until further notice.”

    And suddenly, a surprisingly strong contender for the most USELESS state Attorney General. It's suddenly kind of a dead heat for most useless (vs. Louisiana AG) considering THIS:

    "…Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who spoke of future litigation as a “certainty,” derided attempts by ExxonMobil representatives to manage his visit to the site…"

    Derided? Dustin wouldn't think twice about the DHS storming those houses with SWAT teams to look for citizens' firearms. Yet he seems rather spineless when it comes to getting chumped by corporate 'representatives'?

  • jec jec

    Since the oil company seems to be doing a GOOD JOB of making the press and media mad (not letting them in to get a story..or loss of $$ from a good article) sure the journalists will get their 'man'..or story..time will tell. On the clean up, well hope EXXON/MOBILE has deep pockets. Of course they have a limit on what they have to pay, kind of like 300K, before the costs shift to the US government. And we have good examples for FEMA assistance in Katrina to use here. Guys and Gals in the affected area should lawyer-up as that seems to be the best way to get attention and reembursement for medical costs. All residents should be getting their blood tested for VOCs, benzenes especially, even it on their own have a baseline. In fact, we all should have a baseline for toxins done on our blood as proof we were healthy.."once".

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Exxon will never pay a dime for this cleanup – every last cent is eventually coming from U.S. taxpayers. In fact, this is not even an oil spill because it's not legally considered crude oil.

      Canadian tar sands 'oil' is classified as bitumen (tar). That pipeline was transporting diluted bitumen. Exxon does not pay tax or contribute to the oil spill fund for anything related to this pipeline because they had the government rig the classification scheme. Taxpayers are too stupid to EVER figure this one out.

      Why do you think they're so eager to get the other pipeline from Canada built? It's TAX-FREE tar, not taxable crude oil.

  • Lion76 Lion76

    I don't "need" anything that doesn't force me to conform to fit in to "man's world" that "man" doesn't need first.

    Food, water, shelter, clothing, (air). These are "needs"

  • fill er up

    pennsylvania has 0, thats right 0 regulations pertaining to pipelines.

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Same thing happen when Fort Calhoun nuke plant was under water on all sides by flooding & the dams up stream were under heavy stress! A no fly zone was put up to keep all media out & the people where told all was safe & ok, but to this day the plant has not put out any power to the public but the public is charged for the billions in rate hikes while the plant remains closed down! Fleece the rate payers!

  • 16Penny 16Penny


    "Meanwhile, I want to call your attention to a couple of great essays this week that have been published about both the ongoing spill in Arkansas as well as what it all means for the ongoing fight against the much bigger Keystone XL pipeline proposal. The first is by the actor and environmentalist Robert Redford, who writes:
    Let’s recap what happened in Arkansas and why it is such a timely reminder that tar sands expansion and tar sands pipelines hurt us. On March 29, Exxon’s Pegasus tar sands pipeline ruptured, flooding a suburban community outside of Little Rock, Arkansas with hundreds of thousands of gallons of tar sands crude. This toxic river of heavy tar sands bitumen and volatile petrochemical diluents is not a mix that anyone would want flowing in front of their houses.
    So when it comes to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would take Canadian tar sands crude across America’s breadbasket to the Gulf Coast where much of it would be exported overseas, the Pegasus rupture in Arkansas is another red flag. We’ve had a lot of these red flags lately that show us what a raw deal tar sands is and we ignore them at our peril."

    Another link with more photos:

    Thanks for the Link to Stuart Smith's page Heart of the Rose!