Thursday, April 04, 2013

A Primer on DilBit Spills in a Corporatist State

If you want an idea of what's in store for British Columbia if Harper/Redford/Enbridge/Beijing et al manage to drive their pipelines through to the coast, you need only look to the most recent dilbit spill in Arkansas.

AlterNet offers a handy summary, 6 Things You Need to Know About the Arkansas Oil Spill.

ExxonMobil which is allegedly dealing with the Arkansas clean-up has so much clout it somehow got the FAA to declare the airspace over the pipeline leak a no fly zone.   Exxon now has control of the airspace over its damned fiasco and it's even trying to throw a blanket over the state Attorney General.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who spoke of future litigation as a “certainty,” derided attempts by ExxonMobil representatives to manage his visit to the site.

He added that he had issued a subpoena for documents, data and other evidence from ExxonMobil pertaining to the ruptured pipeline.

Lawyers from ExxonMobil were set to arrive Wednesday in Mayflower, Arkansas.

   And you think we don't live in a corporatist state?


the salamander said...

You'll find a fly-over here.. and quite clearly there is dilbit, booms and absorbent materials in all the water courses and connected wetlands nearby.

Lorne said...

I think it goes without saying that a spill in Canada would be met with a much more subdued response than the one attributed to Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. Can you imagine any expression of outrage over corporate malfeasance from the Harper regime?

The Mound of Sound said...

Thanks for the link, Sal. And no, Lorne, I cannot.