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  • bluecloud1013 bluecloud1013 Mar 31, 2013 9:11 PM Flag

    Lets hurry and build the KXL!!! We aren't killing the planet fast enough!

     

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    InsideClimate News / By Lisa Song 14 COMMENTS
    Exxon Confirms 80,000-Gallon Spill Contains Canadian Tar Sands Oil
    The 20-inch Pegasus pipeline was carrying Wabasca Heavy crude from western Canada when it ruptured.

    Location of Mayflower, Ark. and nearby water sources. (Source: Google maps)

    March 31, 2013 |




    The story first appeared on InsideClimate News.

    A pipeline that ruptured and leaked at least 80,000 gallons of oil into central Arkansas on Friday was transporting a heavy form of crude from the Canadian tar sands region, ExxonMobil told InsideClimate News.

    Local police said the line gushed oil for 45 minutes before being stopped, according to media reports.

    Crude oil ran through a subdivision of Mayflower, Ark., about 20 miles north of Little Rock. Twenty-two homes were evacuated, but no one was hospitalized, Exxon spokesman Charlie Engelmann said on Saturday.

    In an interview with InsideClimate News, Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson said emergency crews prevented the oil from entering waterways. The judge issued an emergency declaration following the spill and is involved in coordinating clean-up efforts among federal, state and local agencies and Exxon.

    The 20-inch Pegasus pipeline runs 858 miles from Patoka, Ill. to Nederland, Texas. Engelmann said the line was carrying Wabasca Heavy crude from western Canada when it ruptured.

    Wabasca Heavy is a type of diluted bitumen, or dilbit, from Alberta's tar sands region, according to the Canadian Crude Quality Monitoring Program, an industry source that provides data on different types of Canadian oil.

    Because dilbit contains bitumen—a type of crude oil that's heavier than most conventional crude oil—it can be harder to clean up when it spills into water.

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