Video: Exxon pipeline breaks spilling 84,000 gallons of Canadian crude oil into Arkansas neighborhood

84,000 gallons of oil leaked into the Central Arkansas town of Mayflower in Friday, spilling into neighborhoods. Treehugger reports, Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor was one of one the seventeen Democrats that joined all the Republican Senators in voting for symbolic approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Pryor has claimed the pipeline will help create jobs in Arkansas, where some of the pipe is manufactured, however as Bloomberg reported recently, the project will only create 20 full time jobs, not the thousands that Pryor, TransCanada and other supporters like to talk about.”


40 homes had to be evacuated due to health hazards from crude oil fumes and to avoid stray sparks from igniting the standing oil. Emergency management is on the scene evaluating the situation, but this should be a heads up for our politicians. Of course, it won’t be. Meanwhile, Republicans are all about fewer regulations. Drill baby drill..

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  • doug daluga

    “Meanwhile, Republicans are all about less regulations.”
    “Less regulation” or “fewer regulations”. Really, you’re suppose to be a writer.

    • Anomaly 100

      Thanks for the heads up. And please, there is no need to be condescending. Please read our “about’ page where we unfortunately have to remind people that we’re human and make the occasional typo, and to just let us know.

      • Nomad

        And after all, grammar is so much more important than a deluge of petroleum.

        • Anomaly 100

          Well duh! Of course grammar is more important that the destruction this pipeline is causing. Actually, I don’t consider myself to be a ‘writer’ but I do try to slam out as much news as I can for our readers. I’m terrible like that:-)

          • Nomad

            Keep up the great work!

    • just sayin’

      Fewer would represent a decrease in the number of regulations. Less would refer to a diminutive nature of the regulations.

    • Biting Reality

      Really? Since you must be the internet’s own expert in writing, I am curious as to how many degrees you hold, Mr Pynchon Wanna-Be.

      Your written response could use some editing as well.

    • IVYPD

      You meant “supposed to.”

    • Oil or an extra S


    • Half the story twitter feed of Mr. Grammar in case anyone wants to see the pot calling the kettle black. Too easy.

    • I want half the story only OK

      you’re SUPPOSED to be

      grammar correct FAIL. Clean up your own house first, Dougy.

      • shivabeach

        which is precisely why I, as a moderator on another site, delete grammar police posts without a second thought

  • Nomad

    Think of all the new jobs that will be created cleaning up this mess!

  • TellUsWHAThappenedAndHOW.

    How about telling us the source of the leak, rather than spouting some propaganda about the pipeline? I want to know what happened, not how you feel about an issue. Terrible reporting.

    • ComGen

      I think you’re looking for ” news source ” outlet not this BLOG.

      “Terrible reporting”

      Blog/Blogger : a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, views, opinion and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also : the contents of such a site.

      News Source : Journalism, official records, publications or broadcasts, officials in government or business, organizations or corporations, witnesses of crime, accidents or other events, and people involved with or affected by a news event or issue.

    • Anomaly 100

      For more information, follow the link which is in *bright orange*.

      • Nicholas Scarpinato

        Oh, yeah… let’s get our news from the eco-nut site, where NOTHING is in any way biased against oil…

        You do realize that, as you said about yourself, people are human… and occasionally pipelines, built by said humans, break. Would you be this indignant against the water company if your water main busted? Because what you’re saying right now is the next time a water main breaks in your neighborhood, the water company should get shut down.

        • Anomaly 100

          Nah, i did not say that because I would never equate a water main break to a dirty crude oil break from the Tar Sands which is hazardous to our health. The dirty crude oil sinks in water. It’s very difficult to clean.

          • Nicholas Scarpinato

            You said people are human. Your “About” page says that people make mistakes.

            Isn’t a pipeline rupturing a “mistake”? It’s not intentional. Poor maintenance? Sure, I’ll grant that, but water mains break all the time and nobody complains about shutting the water company down. Why is it that when an oil pipeline breaks people want to shut down the oil company?

            Do you not see the hypocritical nature of your argument?

          • Anomaly 100

            No. Let’s see if I can clarify and it’s mind boggling that I even have to. You see, this is a *website*. No human lives are in danger. The other, is a pipeline transporting dirty crude oil from the Tar Sands straight into the heart of America. Once that oil spills, the results are devastating to the neighborhoods and the environment. Typos don’t kill.

            Meanwhile, Republicans want fewer regulations.

          • Nicholas Scarpinato

            Oh please. If there was a deep end to your mental pool, you’d dive into it before filling it with water. It’s absolutely hilarious to watch you flounder about trying to come up with a counterpoint to my argument though. You’ve not only completely missed the point, you’ve managed to argue the wrong point entirely, and with false logic at that. Kudos to you for failing so hard.

          • IsThatGuyForReal?

            Are you really for real? Comparing a water main leak to an oil pipeline leak?

          • Nicholas Scarpinato

            Ok, I’m done here. You and your friends have fun being tree-hugging little twits… nevermind the fact that you wouldn’t even be online if it weren’t for the petroleum-based products that make up the computer, phone, or tablet you happen to be reading this on… What a bunch of hypocritical loons.

          • Biting Reality

            uh…..No to the “Isn’t a pipeline rupturing a “mistake”?” when the company knowingly ran some of the most toxic chemical’s known to man through an unmanned and unsecured pipeline without assuring that there was NO chance – zero, nada, none, absolutely impossible – chance of leakage. Oh, but I am sure, you actually believe that oil is good for you, that it will add to the US oil reserves or the product sold to drive your …uh……. vehicle

            On to reality of human mistake. Yep, equating a spelling error to the destruction of land, water and the murder of creatures are the same. Yep, exactly.

            And I am quite certain in the synapse deprived mind living in a vacuum it could be

          • Anomaly 100

            I rather like the idea of my typos being so lethal. Typos don’t kill people, bloggers with typos do?

          • Nicholas Scarpinato

            Some of the most toxic chemicals known to man…?

            Isn’t oil a… natural byproduct of decomposition? Or were you never taught about decomposition in school?

            And murder of creatures is a stretch. You want murder of creatures, give me a deer rifle and two days alone in the country.

            Did some animals get harmed by the oil spill? Sure.

            Statistically speaking, more birds get sucked into jet engines per year than get hurt in oil spills. Should we ban jets then, too?

  • cheltun

    Isn’t it a bit hypocrit

  • cheltun

    Isn’t it a bit hypocritical to be driving and filming an oil spill. If we continue to drive, we will continue to need oil, get it?

    • Le Funk ?

      Not hypocritical, but slightly ironic.

  • oilmoneyeveryday

    Mean while you drove your car to Starbucks for free WiFi to report this. If you can create more jobs weaving friendship bracelets, go for it. Alas, wasted words, half the tree huggers have never had jobs. Welfare anyone ? Keep drilling…

  • eco-nut

    Sorry to see the pollution in Arkansas. The oil company should provide safety shut off points on the pipeline for if/when ruptures occur. And an emergency plan and rapid response team to channel leaking oil away from homes, watercourses, wildlife areas.

  • Norleen LaFave Gray

    Just read a whole bunch of nonsense about grammar below, typical how we stay on track….. the article is about a major environmental disaster who cares about who can out smart ass who,geez people!!!