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A Cautionary Tale: Tar Sands Oil And Health
An infant breathes from an inhaler after suffering respiratory problems following a tar sands pipeline accident in Mayflower, Arkansas. Image from: Genieve Long

A Cautionary Tale: Tar Sands Oil And Health

Plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline are on hold,but there are very few answers about the health risks involved in moving that kind of oil, as pipeline accidents in Michigan and Arkansas are demonstrating. WhoWhatWhy takes a look.

Two Major Lawsuits Filed Against ExxonMobil For Arkansas Tar Sands Spill

Two major lawsuits have been filed, one of which - the class-action suit referred to as the "Lake Conway Class" - claims Exxon's spill was a massive 27,000 barrels/1.1 million gallons in size and also says this was the 14th spill of the Pegasus line in its history. The other one - lead by the EPA and the Arkansas AG - is seeking possible billions in reparations from ExxonMobil for gross violations of the Clean Water Act and other similar AR state-level laws.

Mayflower Residents Find Conflicting Advice From Arkansas Agencies

It’s been over five weeks since ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline burst beneath a Mayflower, Arkansas subdivision, spilling diluted bitumen born of tar sands throughout the neighborhood. Five weeks later, and still the air carries noxious fumes. Residents complain of headaches, nausea, and worse.

Exxon's Mayflower Tar Sands Spill Updates

Exxon power-washes spilled tar sands oil into an area wetlands; A 22-foot gash was discovered in the ruptured Pegasus pipeline; Documents suggest that Exxon may have known something was wrong with the pipeline hours earlier than claimed; Exxon's lobbyists attempt to re-write history while the corporation tries to win over the community with its checkbook and health problems emerge in the area.