Independent Tests Show Lake Conway Is Now Contaminated By Tar Sands From 1,500,000 Gallon Pipeline Spill. Let’s Build More!!!!!
As professional alarmists, we don’t want to take sides on this issue, but there seems to be some discrepancy between the story ExxonMobil is telling and the data Opflex Solutions released April 24, 2013. Opflex, an independent oil spill remediation outfit, issued a report demonstrating that bitumen heavy crude oil is now contaminating Lake Conway near Exxon’s March 29 Pegasus pipeline spill. Opflex CEO Scott Smith was not ambiguous in his statement regarding the situation.”Yes, there’s oil in Lake Conway and there’s oil downstream flowing into the Arkansas River,” he said. “I have found methylene chloride and barium in concentrations indicative of tar sands oil.” Local residents are reporting wildlife emerging from the lake with heavy crude coating parts of their bodies.Countering those statements, ExxonMobil claims that the oil never reached Lake Conway and everything is just fine.
So it’s hard to decide who is correct here. It can’t be a matter of an error. Some things are measurable and observable. Do we believe the oil spill experts and the residents, or do we believe the people who brought us the still unresolved ExxonValdez fiasco, last year’s major Yellowstone River pipeline spill? We are talking, to be clear, about the company that failed to maintain the ancient Pegasus pipeline, closed the spill zone to the media, imposed a no fly zone over the site and issued statements regarding cleanup procedures that contradict what locals are able to observe. Oh, and has admitted to spending tens of millions of dollars funding climate change deniers. ExxonMobil.
You’ll have to decide for yourself. The one thing we know for sure. There will be an INVESTIGATION and then Exxon better watch out. They might have to pay a COUPLE MILLIONS DOLLARS out of their 2012 profit of $45 billion.
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*A barrel is just under 50 gallons, therefore we are talking about 1,500,000 gallons of tar sands crude. The oil companies like to report spills in barrels, because it sounds like less oil.