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Keystone Pipeline would cost Americans $100 billion per year in damages, new report estimates

A new analysis of the hidden costs to society presented by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline estimates the damage to human health, property, the environment, and the climate could easily top $100 billion per year. The new report by Oil Change International comes on the heels of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) analysis prepared for the State Department detailing the serious risks posed by the proposed pipeline, which would move thousands of barrels of highly toxic diluted bitumen (dilbit) oil through the middle U.S. from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The EPA’s sharp criticism of the plan was submitted to ... Read More

Tests confirm Exxon’s Arkansas oil spill created highly toxic air pollution

High levels of 30 toxic chemicals were present in air samples taken in Mayflower, Ark., the day after a breach in ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline allowed an estimated 5,000 barrels of chemically treated tar sands oil to flood a suburban neighborhood. A month after the spill, health complaints consistent with exposure to the chemicals from the air samples persist, according to the citizen-based Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group. April Lane, a spokeswoman for the advisory group, has been collecting reports and documenting health complaints from people living in the area of the oil spill, where potent oil fumes could be smelled ... Read More

ExxonMobil pipeline spills oil again, one month and 200 miles from Arkansas spill

One month after ExxonMobil’s 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline spilled 5,000 barrels of oil in the town of Mayflower, Ark., another breach in the same pipeline created an oil spill on a residential yard in Ripley County, Missouri. The spill is reportedly small, but it calls into question the integrity of ExxonMobil’s pipeline, which stretches from Illinois to Texas and transports a 30,000-gallon daily load of diluted bitumen fuel – an extremely viscous and toxic blend of liquefied Canadian tar sands. The March 29 spill in Mayflower, Ark., flooded a residential neighborhood and contaminated the surrounding land and water. The disaster displaced ... Read More

EPA voices serious objections to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Environmental Impact assessment of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone Pipeline XL project, sharply criticizing the State Department’s own recent environmental review of the plan. If allowed to proceed, the $7-billion pipeline would transport millions of barrels of highly toxic, viscous tar-sands fuel from Canada across the United States to the Gulf Coast. In its April 22 letter to top State Department officials, the EPA gives a number of reasons for its objection to the pipeline, detailing concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, the especially toxic and difficult-to-clean nature of the diluted bitumen (dilbit) oil, questions about ... Read More

Fuel barges explode “like bombs” on Mobile River, three critically injured

MOBILE, Ala. – A series of fiery explosions rocked the Mobile area Wednesday night after two barges laden with natural gas caught fire in the Mobile River, injuring three people. U.S. Coast Guard crews and firefighters from the Mobile fire department responded to the scene after two explosions were seen and heard throughout the area. A third explosion occurred as crews were making their way to the barges, and a fourth blast erupted just before 10 p.m. Two more explosions were subsequently reported. Various news outlets reported there were no fatalities, but three people, identified as employees of Oil Recovery Co., ... Read More

Mayflower, Arkansas, residents falling ill after ExxonMobil oil spill

ExxonMobil insists the air in the area just outside the epicenter of its Mayflower, Arkansas, pipeline breach is safe to breathe. Public health advocates, however, warn that even very low levels of fumes from the oil spill can affect populations who are more vulnerable than Exxon’s average oil spill cleanup worker, for whom the air quality tests are set. And indeed a number of elderly people, children, and those with respiratory ailments are becoming ill from the ever-present petrochemical stench that has settled in their town. Huffington Post reports that eight children from a Mayflower elementary school were sent home ... Read More

Exxon’s oil spill cleanup making Arkansas wetlands worse, group charges

Exxon Mobil’s methods of cleaning up the oil spill unleashed on an Arkansas neighborhood by its ruptured Pegasus pipeline March 29 could be doing more harm than good, says an environmental group that opposes the shipment of Canadian tar sands through cross-country U.S. pipelines. According to Tar Sands Blockade, members of the group went to document the oil spill over the weekend and found “in order to get the tar sands out of the neighborhood where it spilled and out of sight and into one place for cleanup, Exxon power-washed the excess into a wetland area which had already been ... Read More

Exxon says it will pay costs of cleaning up Arkansas oil spill

Exxon Mobil officials say that the company will assume all of the costs stemming from the cleanup of the oil spill that originated from a ruptured pipeline in Arkansas last week. The spill occurred on Friday, March 30, when a breach in Exxon Mobil’s 60-year-old Pegasus pipeline sent thousands of barrels of sticky Canadian crude oil into the Arkansas community of Mayflower. The company told ABC News that it is actively cleaning up the spill and has deployed a number of claims adjusters to the area to assist residents harmed or displaced by the spill, which prompted the evacuation of ... Read More

ExxonMobil pipeline breach drenches Arkansas community in oil

As of Monday afternoon, Exxon Mobil had yet to start excavating the area where a breach in its Pegasus pipeline has been releasing thousands of barrels of Canadian crude oil into the environment, meaning a fix could be days away. The major oil spill erupted Friday in the central Arkansas community of Mayflower, just a few minutes from Little Rock, swamping sections of the city in oily sludge and toxic fumes. Built in the 1940s, the frail Pegasus pipeline is capable of carrying more than 90,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Patoka, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas. At the ... Read More