How's that Arkansas oil pipeline spill coming along?
Whats that? You say, this is Arkansas, we don't even notice little things like that.
Exxon Arkansas Spill Raises Scrutiny of Keystone Pipeline
By Jim Snyder & Bradley Olson - Apr 1, 2013 2:12 PM CT
An oil spill that polluted an Arkansas town is drawing new scrutiny to the risks of transporting fuel across a national labyrinth of pipelines as President Barack Obama weighs whether to approve Keystone XL.
Environmental groups point to the rupture of the Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) pipe on March 29 in Mayflower, Arkansas, about 22 miles northwest of Little Rock, as a reason why Obama should reject Keystone. Industry groups contend that pipelines remain the safest way to transport oil and other fuels, and that existing regulations are adequate.
Crews set out containment booms as they cleanup and check wildlife in Mayflower, Arkansas. Photographer: Alan English/The Log Cabin Democrat via AP Photo
“Without question, this underscores the risks of transporting this stuff,” Jim Murphy, senior counsel at the National Wildlife Federation, said in a phone interview.
The U.S. State Department is weighing whether to recommend that Obama approve the Keystone project. The agency is reviewing the plan because it crosses an international border. White House press secretary Jay Carney said today the White House takes the safety of the pipeline system “very seriously.” He said the Environmental Protection Agency is working with local officials and Exxon on the Arkansas spill.