02 Apr '13, 1am

Everything You Need to Know About the Exxon Pegasus Tar Sands Spill

Everything You Need to Know About the Exxon Pegasus Tar Sands Spill

In Greek legend, everytime the winged horse Pegasus struck his hoof to the Earth, an " inspiring spring burst forth ." Unfortunately for residents in Mayflower, Arkansas, when the Pegasus pipeline ruptured, the only thing bursting forth was a nasty tar sands oil spill. On Friday afternoon, the Pegasus pipeline operated by Exxon Mobil ruptured , flooding an Arkansas neighborhood with thousands of barrels of Wabasca Heavy crude from the Athabasca tar sands in Alberta. Here’s what you need to know about the spill, with links to some reporting on this awful event, which at very least ruined the holiday weekends of many Mayflower, Arkansas residents, many of whom didn’t even know the pipeline was running through their neighborhood. What is Pegasus? The 20-inch pipeline carries diluted bitumen -- originating from the Alberta tar sands -- for 858 miles from Patoka, Illinois to re...

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