Two Major Lawsuits Filed Against ExxonMobil for Arkansas Tar Sands Spill

By: Monday July 1, 2013 3:58 pm

Two major lawsuits were recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against ExxonMobil, the “private empire” behind the March 2013Pegasus tar sands pipeline spill of over 1.1 million gallons of diluted bitumen (“dilbit”) into the neighborhoods and waterways of Mayflower, AR, located in Faulkner County.

 

New Documents Show Exxon Knew of Contamination, Claimed Lake Conway Was “Oil-Free”

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 6:35 pm

On March 29 ExxonMobil, the most profitable company in the world, spilled at least 210,000 gallons of tar sands crude oil from an underground pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas. The pipeline was carrying tar sands oil from Canada, which flooded family residences in Mayflower in thick tarry crude. Exxon’s tar sands crude also ran into Lake Conway, which sits about an eighth of a mile from where Exxon’s pipeline ruptured.

Faulkner County: ExxonMobil’s “Sacrifice Zone” for Tar Sands Pipelines, Fracking

By: Wednesday May 15, 2013 12:10 pm

There are few better examples of a “sacrifice zone” for ExxonMobil and the fossil fuel industry at-large than Faulkner County, Arkansas and the counties surrounding it.

Six weeks have passed since a 22-foot gash in ExxonMobil’s Pegasus tar sands Pipeline spilled over 500,000 gallons of heavy crude into the quaint neighborhood of Mayflower, AR, a township with a population of roughly 2,300 people. The air remains hazardous to breathe in, it emits a putrid stench, and the water in Lake Conway is still rife with tar sands crude.

These facts are well known.

Earth Day 2013

By: Monday April 22, 2013 4:25 pm

The first Earth day was declared by the UN for March 21, 1970 but for the US, the date of April 22 was established by then Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. I do not really recall anything from either of the “Earth Days” from 1970.

Arkansas Legislature Gives Final Approval for “Private Option” Medicaid Expansion

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 5:07 pm

What makes this bill special is that Arkansas’s plans to expand Medicaid using a so-called “private option.” Instead of putting people under 138 percent of the federal poverty level on Medicaid, this would basically use the money to help this population buy private health insurance on the newly created exchange.

Oops, Inc.: Industry-Tied Firm Cleaning Up Arkansas Tar Sands Spill, Same Firm Also Contracted for Keystone XL

By: Sunday April 14, 2013 7:00 am

Arkansas’ Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has contracted out the “independent analysis of the cleanup” of the ExxonMobil Pegasus tar sands pipeline spill to Witt O’Brien’s, a firm with a history of oil spill cover-ups, a DeSmogBlog investigation reveals.

Late Night: On the Road to Dystopia

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 8:00 pm

A couple of things that always struck me about the writings of Asimov et al is the inherent optimism each of these authors showed in their writings. It seems, in their “future histories” that there is/will be a dystopian interlude that humanity has to struggle through, maybe even more than one. I have always found these to be optimistic that we will reach the stars and do so before we kill ourselves and all living creatures.

Exxon Oil Spill in Arkansas: Thousands of Barrels of Oozing Goo

By: Monday April 1, 2013 6:40 am

This is Exxon’s second spill in a week, highlighting the utter stupidity and horrendous environmental danger of the Keystone XL pipeline project currently under consideration by U.S. State Department. This leakage occurred under a housing subdivision, it has not yet reached the nearby Lake Conway. The earlier spilled happened Wednesday, a train carrying Canadian crude derailed in Minnesota, spilling 15,000 gallons of oil.

Arkansas’ Dubious Logic Regarding Their Medicaid Expansion Plan

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 2:20 pm

Arkansas is currently trying to pursue a novel path for expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. They want to take the money and instead use it to get its population to buy private insurance on the new Obamacare exchange. It has been dubbed the “Private option.”

The one big problem with this plan is that private insurance is significantly more expensive than public insurance programs.

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