Wondering how things are going with the Arkansas oil spill? You can find whatever information you want according to what news source you go to. How can we trust our news sources when one station states“a couple of dead ducks and 10 live oily birds were found after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured last week…to date, we have no indication that there’s a health impact on the community...”Crude oil is crude oil, None of it is real good to touch.”
Another news source really wasn’t too informative telling us what we already knew… “a 2- or 3-inch gash in the underground Pegasus pipeline, began spewing crude Friday…This incident has damaged private property and Arkansas’s natural resources. Homeowners have been forced from their homes as a result of this spill,”
ABC seemed to have a better grasp on the environmental impact, but they didn’t confront ExxonMobile. They were careful. “Attorney General Dustin McDaniel toured the black, oily ditches plaguing the city’s landscape and said the neighborhood looked “like a scene from the Walking Dead…Clean-up crews have recovered more than 12,000 barrels…” he also stated…”After seeing the source of the leak, I have more questions than answers…”There’s no such thing as an overreaction by a homeowner. Selling a house in that neighborhood will be very different now and the fault of that shouldn’t be with the homeowners.”
So if you peer in to news that is off the mainstream grid they find out things like…“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has had a ‘no fly zone’ in place in Mayflower, Arkansas since April 1 at 2:12 PM and will be in place ‘until further notice,’ according to the FAA website and it’s being overseen by ExxonMobil itself.”
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette revealed that the FAA site noted earlier today that “only relief aircraft operations under direction of Tom Suhrhoff” were allowed within the designated no fly zone. Suhrhoff is not an FAA employee: he works for ExxonMobil.“
So we can’t know how many dead birds or displaced persons or contaminated wells and watersheds have been affected. We only know what is going on above ground. What is going on below? Lets hope little investigative pit bull reporters will be finding this stuff out. A myriad of anomalies have resulted from this spill that we need to learn from. ExxonMobile has control of the information. Does that scare you? It scares hell out of me.