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Stockman of Texas opines "the best thing about earth is if you poke a hole in it, oil and gas comes out."
ExxonMobil, the corporate behemoth, sponsors TV ads which advise "all it takes is the idea." So, when one of their pipelines explodes and oil gushes into people's yards, whom do they call? It looks like they expect Bounty™, the quicker picker upper, to do the job.
Do these entities have something in common? I'd say they are both impractical. But then, that seems to be a widely shared characteristic of the EuroAmerican culture -- exceptional in being extractive, rather than interactive.

It is increasingly obvious that the U.S. economy has been and continues to be run by the ex-men. ExxonMobil can be their poster-child. First, the ex-men

explore
extract
exhaust
extinguish
exterminate
extort
exact
execute
except

and then, when they are done, they become mobile and move on. It's the instinct of the predator or the herder writ large. To take free goods from Mother Nature to market for a profit is the essence of the "free market." It's lucky the corporate behemoth is bloated with dollars, figments of the imagination. Something more substantial would have caused it to explode, like the pipeline, by now.

Predators are not into replacement, repair, revenue, restoration or recompense. They have no more sense of the meaning of 're' than of 'ex,' though they refer to themselves as re-publicans. Predators are not responsive. If predatory humans use language, it is largely meaningless, like the mockingbird echoing other birds because it has no song of its own.

The Pegasus Pipeline runs from Illinois to Texas and as ExxonMobil explains

Pegasus system-Patoka to US Gulf Coast

The recently expanded Pegasus pipeline provides PADD II connectivity to US Gulf Coast markets.  Receipts at Patoka are from the Mustang, Woodpat and Capline pipelines with delivery to the Sunoco Logistics Nederland terminal.  The Sunoco terminal provides access to various Houston area refiners, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Cushing, East Texas, Lake Charles and export marine facilities.

but "expanded" is probably another misunderstood word. It implies that the line was made larger which would, in turn, suggest it has been rebuilt. What seems to have happened in actuallity is that a greater volume of goop has been pumped through at a greater rate, increasing the pressure on the pipe and causing it to explode. The result is a gusher, not a trickle. A gusher of goop.

The best thing about ExxonMobil is that when one brings suit, there's billions and billions of dollars to extract.

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  •  If corporations are unresponsive, they (25+ / 0-)

    have to be removed or reformed.
    Too big fails.
    The dinosaurs tell us that.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 03:57:11 AM PDT

  •  Great points and diary but isn't the "extraction" (2+ / 0-)
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    of billions in a civil suit planned for and built into their business model as "the price of doing business"???

    -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

    by gerrilea on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 04:51:01 AM PDT

  •  Gulf Coast "markets." Cute. (4+ / 0-)
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    Because lord knows down here we're insatiable for hydrocarbons. And even though Port Fourchon near provides dang near 20% of all America's oil, we're always worried that there won't be enough for us.

    Thank god for Exxon, pumping more down here for us profligate petrohogs.

    Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

    by Crashing Vor on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 04:54:21 AM PDT

  •  re: (2+ / 0-)
    there's billions and billions of dollars to extract.

    Better bring an army of lawyers.

    I suspect the effected home-owners have not a legal leg to stand on,

    except for the pressure of Bad PR on the Ex-brand.


    Better bring an army of photographers too.

    •  Well, if it is true that the pipeline was (3+ / 0-)
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      well known at the time the development was laid out and the infra-structure was built and there are maps on record identifying the pipeline as being for gas, as is being reported and that potentially signficant condition isn't making it into the deed records, then the titles are deficient and it may well be that the title-insurance companies are going to be liable for the loss in value.
      It was customary, not so long ago, for home-owners to be provided with copies of what title searches turned up, including any mineral rights and rights of way that might affect the title. However, in recent years, because title companies and mortgage holders got tired of keeping up with the paper work and the problem of storing documents, the real estate industry has gone to title insurance so that, in case of a claim, they'd just pay people off in case of error. This is the sense in which insurance does create a moral hazard -- people get lazy about making mistakes if money can correct for problems after the fact. And, if people don't discover the mistakes, the insurance companies make out like bandits.
      Insurance is a racket.

      Our extractive culture is not into replacement, renewal and restoration. That's why our built environment is failing. Profit keeps claiming more and more of out capital assets and speculation has replaced investment. The profit motive is corrosive. It wears out our assets just as surely as rot and rust and vermin.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:09:56 AM PDT

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      •  and this describes the start of the pulling of the (3+ / 0-)
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        wool over the eyes of the sheeple about MERS. This web MUST be untangled and prosecuted for anything to change.

        title companies and mortgage holders got tired of keeping up with the paper work and the problem of storing documents, the real estate industry has gone to title insurance so that, in case of a claim, they'd just pay people off in case of error. This is the sense in which insurance does create a moral hazard -- people get lazy about making mistakes if money can correct for problems after the fact.
      •  I am surprised (1+ / 0-)
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        the pipeline company did not object when housing was built over the pipeline.  Usually these companies don't want anyone digging near their line, and want the surface lands clear so they can periodically inspect the route by small plane.

        Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

        by 6412093 on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:09:26 AM PDT

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  •  I see what you did with that prefix (1+ / 0-)
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    well played, hannah.

    We all stand submissively before the global ATM machine network like trained chickens pecking the correct colored buttons to release our grains of corn. Joe Bageant

    by Zwoof on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:59:47 AM PDT

  •  Extortion, when they require (2+ / 0-)
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    hannah, gerrilea

    waivers be signed before benefits will be paid?

  •  Don't forget the "expeditionary force" (2+ / 0-)
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    Useful for when you need to expropriate an extractable resource.

    Or exploit the local population.

    Or both.

    If civilization is to survive we must cultivate the science of human relationships : FDR

    by Kepler on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:55:42 AM PDT

  •  I want to add that I in no way intend this (2+ / 0-)
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    minor effort to detract from other's major efforts. The object of posting yet another diary is to keep the issue front and center and considered from as many perspectives as possible.

    What happens underground is a major issue. Indeed, because many people are not familiar with the Latin roots of words, a word like "infrastructure" turns them off. Others, if they can't see it, it doesn't exist. Indeed, one of the main reasons our environmental laws haven't been more effective in dealing with toxins and wastes is because "out of sight, out of mind" was an effective rationale. If people don't see it, they aren't bothered, so the cheapest "solution," if dilution doesn't work, is just to send the poisons underground.

    It seems logical to put things underground. All over the country, people clamor to have electric lines put underground, until some rodent or a bit of corrosion shorts a whole circuit out and the locus can't be found.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 07:02:52 AM PDT

  •  "Oilsorb Pads" (0+ / 0-)

    As a former HazMat person, I recognize the "quicker picker-upper" for what it is:  a special purpose absorbent which absorbs oil and not water.  We had these poly-bagged by the hundred for rapid deployment.

    The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.” ~ Joseph Heller, Catch-22

    by 43north on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:36:54 PM PDT

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