An Exxon-Mobil oil pipeline ruptured Friday afternoon in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, forcing the evacuation of 20 homes and shutting down sections of interstate highway. According to Little Rock’s KATV, a hazardous materials team from the Office of Emergency Management has contained the spill and is currently attempting a cleanup.
The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission told Channel 7 News that, as an interstate pipeline, Pegasus has no local control, oversight or inspection. Only federal officials from the Pipeline and Hazard Material Safety Administration are authorized to inspect and maintain the pipeline.
The area largely impacted was Starlite Road and Shade Tree Lane. ExxonMobil recommended that 22 homes be evacuated. Those home still sit empty and will be until the nearly 10,000 barrels of oil get cleaned up. one resident who left before he could grab most of his things says he just wants a straight answer.
"We're getting contradictory answer when we were initially evacuated we were told pack for two days it'll be cleaned up," said Darren Hale, a homeowner who was forced to evacuate. "Then we were told this morning to pack for at least a week."
But some residents are pleased with how Officials have handled the situation.
"I think they did a great job honestly, I mean we were notified immediately to be evacuated Exxon has been right there on point as far as accommodations," said Daniesha Modica, another resident who left her home.
Originally posted by Kali74
reply to post by LittleBlackEagle
Yeah, I don't understand why Exxon et al can't build refineries close to the oil, refine it there, export it from there. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense especially when you look into the claims of how those pipelines are going to benefit America and see them for the myths that they are.
State of Arkansas As Engrossed: H3/25/13
2 89th General Assembly A Bill
3 Regular Session, 2013 HOUSE BILL 1042
5 By: Representative Bell
6 By: Senator Rapert
8 For An Act To Be Entitled
9 AN ACT TO AMEND THE LAWS CONCERNING EMINENT DOMAIN;
10 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
14 TO AMEND THE LAWS CONCERNING EMINENT
18 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
20 SECTION 1. Arkansas Code Title 18, Chapter 15, Subchapter 1, is
21 amended to add a new section to read as follows:
22 18-15-103. Limitations.
23 (a) Private real property shall be acquired by eminent domain only if
24 necessary for a public use by a public agency.
25 (b) Private property shall not be acquired by eminent domain for a
26 private commercial enterprise, economic development in the private sector, or
27 any other private use except use by:
28 (1) Privately owned utilities;
29 (2) Electric cooperatives;
30 (3) Publicly owned utilities;
31 (4) Utilities owned by improvement districts;
32 (5) Pipeline companies;
33 (6) Railroads; and
34 (7) Other common carriers.
35 (c) Real property shall not be taken from an owner and transferred to
36 another owner with or without compensation on the grounds that the public
Oil pipelines are often kept away from populated areas, but spills can still be dangerous. In July 2010, a pipeline leaked 840,000 gallons of oil into Michigan's Talmadge Creek, creating an ecological mess that cost nearly $26 million to clean up, including the removal of 15 million gallons of water and 93,000 cubic yards of soil. Less than two months later, another pipeline owned by the same company, Canada-based Enbridge, spilled 250,000 gallons near Chicago. And less than 12 months later, a pipeline owned by Exxon Mobil ruptured near Laurel, Mont., spilling 42,000 gallons into the famed Yellowstone River and fouling the property of at least 40 landowners.
TransCanada's Keystone pipeline, which opened in 2010, has already had 11 leaks in its first year, including one in May that spilled 21,000 gallons in North Dakota. That's a lot for a new pipeline, says the NRDC's Swift, who argues that tar sands' "diluted bitumen" requires tougher safety standards than crude oil. Because bitumen is so thick, it must be diluted with corrosive solvents to help it flow through long-distance pipelines.
Sinkholes are a naturally occurring, roughly circular depression in the land surface, formed most commonly in areas of carbonate bedrock.
Carbonate rocks include limestone and dolostone which cover a large portion of north Arkansas.
Both limestone and dolostone are composed of the highly reactive mineral calcite (CaCO3), which readily dissolves in the presence of slightly acidic ground water. In areas of humid climate, rain water percolates downward through the soil cover into openings in the limestone and dolostone bedrock, gradually dissolving the rock matrix. Void spaces in the subsurface will eventually form, and over time may develop into a surface depression called a sinkhole.