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  •  US law says no 'oil' spilled in Arkansas - (2+ / 0-)
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    exempting Exxon from cleanup dues

    How's that for a technicality!

    The central Arkansas spill caused by Exxon’s aging Pegasus pipeline has reportedly unleashed 10,000 barrels of Canadian heavy crude - but a technicality says it's not oil, letting the energy giant off the hook from paying into a national cleanup fund.

    Legally speaking, diluted bitumen like the heavy crude that's overrun Mayflower, Arkansas, is not classified as 'oil'. And it's that very distinction that exempts Exxon from contributing to the government's oil spillage cleanup fund.


    Since we're transporting tar sands (not to be called oil) across America even without the Keystone XL pipeline, it would be time to change the law. But the best change would be a prohibition on transporting tar sands stuff.

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