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The thing about CO2 is you can't see it.  Out of sight, out of mind.

The thing about Oil Spills, you can see them. And touch them. And smell them. And man do they stink!

Must be why "the Officials" in charge of our latest "object lesson" in CO2 addiction, are doing their dastardly best to prevent us, J.Q. Public -- from seeing it.

Well, before the Media Blackout Brownout reached its current out-of-mind apex, some pictures were taken.  And man does that CO2-laden goop ever stink!  Just listen to that gurgling of success ...

Exxon Oil Spill Photos From Mayflower, Arkansas Posted By EPA -- 04/05/2013

The EPA's On Scene Coordinator website has posted disturbing images of the ExxonMobil pipeline oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas.

An estimated 84,000 gallons of crude oil spilled after a pipeline ruptured last week, resulting in the evacuation of dozens of homes.

Launch Slideshow -- 37 Images from EPA


Exxon Oil Spill Could Be 40% Larger Than Company Estimates, EPA Figures Show

If EPA’s highest number of 7,000 barrels turns out to be correct, the Ark. spill would be roughly a third the size of Michigan's 2010 dilbit disaster.

by Susan White, InsideClimate News -- Apr 5, 2013

Since ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured and leaked Canadian oil across an Arkansas suburb a week ago, the company has maintained that only "a few thousand barrels" spilled at the site.  [Since updated to "approximately 5,000 barrels."]

Reports posted online by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimate the spill even higher -- at 4,000 to 7,000 barrels -- as much as 40 percent more.

If the EPA's highest number of 7,000 barrels -- equivalent to 294,000 gallons  -- turns out to be correct, the Arkansas spill would be roughly a third the size of a 2010 Michigan pipeline spill. That accident, the largest dilbit pipeline spill in U.S. history, dumped more than 1 million gallons of dilbit into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. The EPA recently ordered Enbridge, Inc., the Canadian pipeline operator responsible for the accident, to clean up several areas of the river where oil continues to gather.

Estimates for the Michigan spill rose steadily after the spill occurred in July 2010 and could rise again after Enbridge completes the dredging operation the EPA order.

And speaking Pictures "worth" their weight in crude -- here are on-the-scene reports, immediately after the spill event. Before the Exxon PR-team got to town ...

Exxon Pegasus Tar Sands pipeline spill Mayflower Arkansas KATV

link to video

Lol, yes it is "a very fluid situation there in Mayflower" according local news reporter. Way to cut to the heart of the matter!

Here's another sizzling report, No words -- just more pictures of that NOW out-of-sight crude:

Exxon "Major"Oil Spill Pipeline breaks Mayflower, Arkansas

link to video

Yes "ONCE MORE, Thanks Exxon!"

They know where their profits are made -- in the PR Dept, where their corporate motto continues to be "Out of sight, out of mind,"

as "crude" as that as that may be. Yuk, yuk.


Boring footnotes section:

Green Power Equivalency Calculator Methodologies

Barrels of oil consumed

Carbon dioxide emissions per barrel of crude oil are determined by multiplying heat content times the carbon coefficient times [... blah, blah, blah]

0.43 metric tons CO2 per barrel [of crude]

which works out to 2.33 barrels of crude (ick) per metric ton of CO2 (aah).

Or:  7,000 barrels / 2.33  ~=  3000 Tons of CO2 in the current spill.

3000 Tons of CO2 -- that Exxon will never get to sell, burn, or otherwise profit from.

Helluva way to cut back on greenhouse gases, don't you think.

Helluva Job, Exxon!   Way to keep those pesky cameras in the dark.

Since a Picture is worth a Thousand Tons of CO2 -- well actually 3000 Tons, in their so-far worse case scenario. Wink wink.

Stay tuned ... oh wait, nevermind.  Just keep driving, K?  ;-)

Big Oil's got you covered. Quite literally, in the case of Northwoods subdivision and neighboring Conway Lake.  Wake up and smell the profits, folks.

[That last link points to Rachel's report last night:  "Exxon Too Big to Care."]

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 01:12 PM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS and DK GreenRoots.

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