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.