Ever wondered what it would look like if 10,000 barrels of crude oil rolled down the streets of your subdivision? Well, wonder no more, because the generous people over at ExxonMobil have provided us with that horrific, Apocalyptic mental image.
Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured over the weekend, leaking approximately 10,000 barrels (420,000 gallons) of tar sands crude oil in Mayflower, Arkansas. So far, 22 homes have been evacuated, and officials don’t know when those residents will be able to return. Part of the pipeline runs through a water source (Lake Maumelle) that provides drinking water to nearly 400,000 residents in central Arkansas, though officials say they were able to stop the flow before it reached that far.
“Well we could see oil running down the road like a river,” said Joe Bradley, a Mayflower resident ordered to evacuate.
Oh haha, that’s probably just an exaggeration though, right? Oil running down the road like a “river”? Come on now. You know those Arkansans and how they like to stretch the truth a bit.
Oh wait. There’s video now. Yeah, it’s pretty much a river of crude oil running down the streets:
Literally hours before the Exxon spill, Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) claimed the Keystone XL pipeline was a “no-brainer” and passes environmental “muster.”