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Arkansas Oil Spill Puts More Doubt On Safety Of XL Pipeline

Proponents of the XL Pipeline proposed to stretch from the border with Canada all the way down to Texas, carrying unrefined crude oil, have said that the pipeline will pose no threat to the communities and agricultural land through which it passes. The XL Pipeline proposal violates U.S. environmental regulations and so requires special waivers in order to go forward.

That assertion became a great deal less credible, however, with the rupture of a crude oil pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas on Friday, just in time to foul the bright flowers and green grass of springtime. The oil spill is estimated to have reached over 10,000 barrels in size so far, and the cleanup may take a long time indeed.

2 comments to Arkansas Oil Spill Puts More Doubt On Safety Of XL Pipeline

  • Tom

    Hey Green Man! Yeah, i saw the video of oil running down one side of the street there in AR. Another day, another oil spill . . .

    Here’s something you may be interested in.

    Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere

    Localized ecological systems are known to shift abruptly and irreversibly from one state to another when they are forced across critical thresholds. Here we review evidence that the global ecosystem as a whole can react in the same way and is approaching a planetary-scale critical transition as a result of human influence. The plausibility of a planetary-scale ‘tipping point’ highlights the need to improve biological forecasting by detecting early warning signs of critical transitions on global as well as local scales, and by detecting feedbacks that promote such transitions. It is also necessary to address root causes of how humans are forcing biological changes.

  • Tom

    i read somewhere that it is now estimated at 50,000 gal (as opposed to barrels) of oil. Let me see if i can find the source.

    i found this quote from a Scientific American source:

    “Exxon also had no specific estimate of how much crude oil had spilled, but the company said 12,000 barrels of oil and water had been recovered – up from 4,500 barrels on Saturday. The company did not say how much of the total was oil and how much was water.”

    Now, obviously we have to temper our belief in company-provided information (like with the BP disaster – orders of magnitude underestimated), but they aren’t going to over estimate in any case.

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