28 Feb '13, 5pm

Texas Oil Spill Hits Home for Tar Sands Activists

Texas Oil Spill Hits Home for Tar Sands Activists

Cross-posted from the Understory Does the Tar Sands Blockade (TSB) have a crystal ball we didn’t know about? Yesterday in Tyler County, TX, a pipeline operated by Sunoco Logistics sprung a leak and spilled 20,000 gallons (or 550 barrels) of oil into local East Texas waterways . Deep East Texas is known for its creeks and lakes, freshwater eco-systems and aquifers that provide water to the eastern part of the state, including mega-cities Dallas and Houston. But oil companies treat these forests and waterways as collateral damage. Quality control requires that oil companies use “leak detection systems.” Those systems reported nothing until local residents began to report that oil was in the water. (Ummm… so, how do you not detect a 20,000 gallons oil leak?) Sunoco’s spill is merely a prologue for leaks and spills that might come once the southern leg of the Keystone XL Pipel...

Full article: http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/2013/02/28/texas-oil-spill...

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