THE WILDLIFE NEWS
by RALPH MAUGHAN
Leaks and spills of Canadian oil are happening now at a critical time-
Back in 1989, all the political gears and levers were greased with money and Astroturf public opinion to approve leasing the National Arctic Wildlilfe Refuge for Oil Drilling. Today we seem to be at a similar juncture.
In 1989 the political players didn’t suspect that the Exxon Corp. had failed to repair the radar on its giant oil tanker, the Exxon Valdez which was carrying Alaskan Crude from the end terminus of the Alaskan Pipeline at Valdez, AK into Prince William Sound. Steering the vessel was the third mate while the captain was in his bed sleeping off a drunk. When the tanker hit Bligh Reef and spilled its guts into the ocean, the dreams of the oil lobby and President George Bush the First turned nightmarish and the lied to public grew angry. The Arctic Wildlife Refuge was saved.
Americans had been told that with the new technology and the excellent safety standards this couldn’t happen. Not surprising in retrospect, a considerable number of safety standards were being violated at the time (see appendix)
Now Americans are being told the same thing about building the American leg of the Keystone XL pipeline to move the heavy crude oil (bitumen) from the hellish tar sands mines of central Alberta down through the states for transport overseas. “It’s safe and will create 400,000 jobs,” say the lobbyists hired not to tell the truth.
The stakes are higher this time, than in 1989. Some say the future of the planet is at stake, not just wildlife and large parcels of land. FULL ARTICLE
Continue reading ““GOP, oil companies pressure to approve Keystone XL pipeline (updated)””
A view of some of the damage from an oil spill from an ExxonMobil pipeline that sprung a leak Friday afternoon in Mayflower, Ark., a small city about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock. / KTHV-TV
Crews recovered about 12,000 barrels of oil and water after a crude oil pipeline ruptured in central Arkansas, officials said Saturday.
An ExxonMobil pipeline sprung a leak Friday afternoon in Mayflower, a small city about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.
ExxonMobil and local officials said in a Saturday news release that they suspected a few thousand barrels of oil spilled but are preparing a response for more than 10,000 barrels “to be conservative.”
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the spill. The city said Saturday that it recommended that 22 area homes be evacuated. On Friday, officials put the number of homes at dozens.
Crews have mobilized more than a dozen vacuum trucks to the site to clean up the oil, according to the news release.
Professional hygienist authorities are also monitoring air quality, officials said. There are precautions in place to keep oil away from nearby Lake Conway, the news release said. FULL ARTICLE
Continue reading ““Homes evacuated after ExxonMobil oil pipeline spill in Arkansas””
ALL OF NORTH AMERICA? WHAT ARROGANCE! WHO SAYS CANADA WILL DO MITT ROMNEY’S BIDDING? WHO SAYS THE STATES WOULD FOLLOW MITT ROMNEY? Mitt Romney criticizes the President for his regulations but announced a series new regulations to unfetter the Big Oil companies:
MITT ROMNEY WOULD BE DICTATOR OF THE ENTIRE CONTINENT OF NORTH AMERICA!
NO MORE BP GULF SPILLS!
DON’T HELP ROMNEY MAKE THE BIG OIL COMPANIES EVEN RICHER AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT THAT GOD GAVE US!
Continue reading “Mitt Romney Announces Energy Policy In New Mexico 8/23/12”