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Pipeline Ruptured in Arkansas, Major Oil Spill

Environment  (tags: ecosystems, environment, destruction, energy, oil spill, protection, nature, humans, habitat, habitatdestruction, green )

- 1907 days ago -
A leak from the Pegasus pipeline was discovered near Mayflower, Arkansas on Friday, leading to an estimated spill of over 10,000 barrels of Canadian Dilbit

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Roseann d (178)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:05 pm
OOPS! They sure tried to cover up both those spills Minnesota and Arkansas for the past couple days...but now that the oil is is the story and like the oil, can no longer be contained. I wonder if those that supported the building of the pipeline feel about it now that the dilbit oil is flowing down their front street...literally.

Shirley B (5)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:10 pm
Thanks for posting Cal. You sure as hell won't get this on the media news. However, I did notice a step-up in their " energy advertising" . You know, the lies they prettify for the public about "energy for our future". If they keep up this crap there will be no future.

Jason S (50)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:32 pm
Good posting, thanks

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday April 1, 2013, 8:22 pm
Noted , sure wish they would stop , how many oil spills will folow ?

John B (185)
Monday April 1, 2013, 8:44 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Allison Winter. The marvelous benefits of the big oil industry and oil pipelines. Read and noted.

Susanne R (235)
Monday April 1, 2013, 9:36 pm
From the article:

"In addition to this event, nearly 30,000 gallons of Canadian oil were spilled in Minnesota due to a train derailment last week.

The timing of these spills is ironic for the oil industry, as lobbyists are fighting for approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline (an extension of the Keystone pipeline).

These two events, categorized as "major spills" by the EPA, are sure to influence decision makers as we are reminded of the environmental dangers that can occur during the transportation of these materials."

Let's hope that these "major spills" DO influence decision makers! In addition, we, the public, have to use this ammunition to put even more pressure on these "decision makers."

Carol H (229)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:41 am
sadly noted

Daniel Partlow (179)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 5:34 am
This is a weekly event anymore. Why can'tthey be forced to build these pipelines with the quality of materials that can not be ruptured? I'm sure you could run oil thru a straw for a while, but you know it won't last! So why are they lowed to make these pipelines with such shoddy cheap materials and labor? Sue the hell out of them and use all their profits to restore the lands. Problem is even with all their profits ( not that we could get it from them)we could not restor the lands!

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 5:35 am
Please everybody, go to 350.0rg and sign the petition against the keystone XL Pipeline. They need a million signatures as soon as possible. Please pass this on. It might help to prevent the pipeline being approved.

paul m (93)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:12 am


Lindsay K (6)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:13 am
Another disastrous leak!

Christeen A (371)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:18 am
When will we learn?

Many Feathers (139)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:39 am
thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:08 am
These oil companies do nothing else but cause disasters

Noted thanks

Christina Carlson (17)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:22 am
Perhaps positive forces are causing these smaller-scale catastrophes to bring light to the dangers and inevitable mishaps involved in running these pipelines through our lands. Or maybe it's just these idiots never learn, never take proper care or precaution and continue to get away with wholesale destruction as they laugh their way to our corrupted banks. American pride is irony-colored these days.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:28 am
thanks Cal...

this is not a "smaller scale catastrophe".... not in my book, a litre of oil contaminates a million litres of groundwater......

Jo S (619)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:47 am
They don't give a hoot once they are elected. It's all about money and politics!

Shawna S (45)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 8:40 am was not only a matter of "if" but "when" would this pipeline leak? I guess we now know. What an awful mess.

Svetlana B (20)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 9:06 am
Noted thanks

Jim P (3257)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 9:29 am


Arkansas oil pipeline rupture foreshadows devastating environmental impact.

Residents did not know that a pipeline ran through their neighborhood. Many people have been forced to evacuate their homes. Now, those very same people will realize that their property values will drop considerably.

This kind of oil is extremely hard to clean up as those responsible for the spill do not know how to clean up the tar sands oil. The same kind of oil that the Keystone XL pipeline will carry.

Watch Bernie Sanders in this video.

Ty, Cal.

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:06 pm
so many lives at risk because of this,sadly noted

Marcel E (347)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:08 pm
Noted thanks

lee e (114)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:31 pm
This is extra dirty tar sands oil -- the crude is already coming in - it's also the second spill last week - very difficult to clean and a hazard to all exposed! While the Keysone XL gets the most publicity, the oil is coming from Canada, and the pipelines are inadequate - I hope that Kerry is watching - and noting that pipes are leaking putting lives at risk!
Thanks Cal

Robert K (31)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:58 pm
A minor example of what is inevitable with Keystone XL which could destroy all the drinking water for the upper Midwest for the profit of a very few.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:17 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. This should be the "straw that broke the camel's back." The scientific info has been coming in for quite awhile about dirty tar sands, and that should have been enough to stop this. I hope area residents are screaming bloody murder with complaints and lawsuits are coming. After all, that's all these dirty oil corporations understand....their bottom line. We have to make it so every way possible for them to continue with this flagrant abuse of our environment and the people living nearby.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:22 pm

Tim C (2420)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:37 pm

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:02 pm
The good news is that this is getting National TV coverage. Maybe our elected officials will think twice before supporing t

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:04 pm
Anyway, as I was saying......
Hopefully, this will change some minds about supporting the Keystone Pipeline.

Paulett Simunich (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:22 pm
Enough !!!!!! No more have already turned your back on us and our
future generations..........witness the problems in these past 2 or 3 days. I am shaken to my core!!

Julia R (297)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:33 pm
This is precisely why we don't want the Keystone XL pipeline! Any more of these tar sands oil spills will be just a disaster for the environment, our wildlife, and us- because it is polluting the resources that we depend on for our own lives! Enough of big oil and their wreaking havoc on our environment and on everything that is dear to us!! Hopefully, the president and the congress will finally get the message?!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 5:14 pm

Sheila S (50)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:15 pm
"The size of the spill remains unclear and the amount of oil that has already been cleaned up can be debated. It is also unknown how long repairs will take and when the line might restart."
Well let's hope it doesn't ever restart, and that word gets back to Gov. Cuomo, who is still waiting on study results to determine if fracking is actually a dangerous health concern!

Jeremy S (3)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:40 pm
And people still say we need to rely on that chemical muck! It's not *their* waters polluted with chemical slime! Haven't we had enough, already?

Katrina & Willi D (90)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 8:43 pm
These Pipelines and Frackings will always be leaks and spills ruing our water and environment, they will never be the same, never totally cleaned up just like the GULF!!
All for the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Nimue Michelle P (339)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 8:45 pm

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:34 pm
"Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find out that money cannot be eaten." Cree Prophecy

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:39 am
Oil spill reaches Thailand resort island
by Staff Writers
Bangkok (UPI) Jul 29, 2013

Thai navy deployed to fight oil spill
Bangkok (AFP) July 28, 2013 - Thai naval vessels joined efforts Sunday to stop hundreds of barrels of oil from a pipeline leak in the Gulf of Thailand reaching the kingdom's beaches.
Roughly 50,000 litres of crude oil spilled into the sea on Saturday about 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of the eastern province of Rayong, operator PTT Global Chemical said.

The company, part of state-owned giant PTT, said 10 ships were involved in an urgent clean-up and it was confident of containing the leak.

"The aerial photos taken early morning Sunday show that the area of the spill was reduced," the company said in a statement, estimating that up to about 20,000 litres had been cleaned up.

At the same time there were fears about the effect of the chemicals used to disperse the crude oil.

"We still have some concern about the chemical being used, even though it is clear that the oil leak will not reach the beaches or coral," said Phuchong Saritsadeechaikol, director of the government's Marine and Coastal Resource Conservation Center in Rayong.

Another PTT subsidiary was involved in a huge oil spill off northwestern Australia in 2009 that was the country's worst ever offshore drilling accident.

The slick from the Montara oil field spread as far as Indonesian waters and environmentalists said it grew to almost 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 square miles).

An Australian government inquiry blamed widespread and systematic shortcomings at the oil company for the spill.

Oil from a leaking pipeline has washed up on a resort island in Thailand, a Thai lawmaker says.

The spill occurred early Saturday when the pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemistry, a subsidiary of Thai state-owned oil and gas PTT Public Co. Ltd., sprung a leak about 12 miles off the coast of mainland Rayong province, The Nation newspaper reports.

About 13,000 gallons of oil leaked into the sea, the company said. By Sunday night, the oil slick had reached the western side of Samet Island, covering about 2,000 feet of beachfront, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reports.

But Satit Pituthecha, a Democrat member of Parliament for Rayong, said Monday the amount of spilled oil was greater than the 13,000 gallons PTTGC had reported and accused the company of "hiding the truth," Xinhua reports.

Pituthecha said the spill had caused severe damage to Rayong's environment and that it would take at least six months for its tourism sector to recover.

Thailand's National News Bureau reported Monday at least 70 percent of the oil spilled off Rayong coast has been cleaned.

PTTGC admitted it had underestimated the scope of the spill.

"As the highest ranking executive at PTTGC, I admit to being guilty in causing damage to the environment and will pay for the damage," the Bangkok Post reported the company's chief executive, Anon Sirisaengtaksin, said at a press conference Monday.

"We underestimated the problem, and we thought we could control the oil spill, but it sneaked out of the contained area," Anon said.

He said the company expects the area to be cleaned up and restored by Thursday.

Greenpeace called on the Thai government Monday to review its energy policy and to put an end to oil exploration and drilling in the Gulf of Thailand.

Thailand imports more than 60 percent of its total petroleum needs and nearly 85 percent of its crude oil consumption, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says.

The government plans to construct an oil pipeline and storage facilities between the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand to facilitate transportation of crude oil imports from the Middle East to Southeast Asia.

In 2009, PTTEP Australasia, a PTT subsidiary, was involved in an oil spill considered one of Australia's worst oil disasters, in the Montara oil field in the Timor Sea off the northern coast of Western Australia.

PTTEP Australasia Chief Executive Ken Fitzpatrick, in announcing last month that oil production had begun from the Montara field, said that since the spill, the company "has transformed safety processes and environmental systems" which were validated by five independent reviews commissioned by the Australian government.
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