Arkansas Oil Spill

Thursday, April 18, 2013

On March 29, an oil leak started in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, near Little Rock, spilling between 80,000 and 420,000 gallons of tar sands diluted bitumen. If you haven’t heard much about it, it’s because Exxon Mobil, which operates the pipeline that ruptured, has limited access to the site. Michael Hibblen, News Director at Arkansas public radio station KUAR, talks about trying to cover the spill and Anthony Swift, Natural Resources Defense Council lawyer, talks about the potential environmental impact of the spill and what it means for the Keystone XL pipeline.


Michael Hibblen and Anthony Swift

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leslie grable from Cabot, Arkansas

Regarding the clean-up. There is a technology that was offered to Exxon that was was deployed in Laurel, MT at the Exxon Mobil Yellowstone river spill and at one of the creeks in Mayflower, AR.

Opflex has been working with Canadian companies in aiding them with the removal of heavier crude oil and tar-sands oil that tend to sink. We have developed a Larger-Cell structure OPFLEX to remove these heavy oils and related oil sheens from the water where conventional booms and pads are not as effective and are costly to the environment and the oil companies. In a few minutes, the OPFLEX snare mop / eelgrass cleared a pathway of water in a creek in Mayflower.

Exxon refused Opflex's help. Since being turned away, Scott Smith, returned to Mayflower twice offering his technology to the residents as a donation. He has also been fingerprinting tarsands in Lake Conway which he will release the results on April 22, at a Town Hall Meeting.

Your right, conventional methods do not work. You stated there aren't methods that clean tarsands below the water. But there is. It is Opflex. I encourage you to call Scott at 508.776.2995.

I have been questioning the methods Exxon uses in cleaning up these oil spills and why a technology that works, was turned away. They do have a vested interest in the "paper towels" they use, Maybe that is why?

Apr. 18 2013 08:34 PM

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