Arkansasmatters.com has posted a five-minute aerial video of the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline break in Mayflower, Arkansas, northwest of Little Rock.
The video doesn’t have any commentary, but you can clearly see the booms that have been deployed in the wetlands, and the water isn’t looking too good. The epicenter of the spill, as one news source says, is North Starlite Drive, which is some 3000 feet from Lake Conway, the largest reservoir made in the US by a Game and Fish Commission. Of course, booms don’t do much for the heavier-than-water diluted bitumen which the pipe spewed. As EPA found in Kalamazoo, this is a different animal than normal oil spills – it will mix with the sediment on the bottom of the waterways and is extremely difficult to get rid of.
On the web site of the footage, you can reflect how you are feeling. At the moment, 88% of viewers are ‘furious.’
The Citizens Climate Lobby has tweeted that flights over the spill site have now been restricted.
FDC 3/8699 ZME AR.. FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MAYFLOWER, AR. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PURSUANT TO 14 CFR SECTION 91.137(A)(1) TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT FOR OIL PIPELINE RUPTURE ONLY RELIEF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS UNDER DIRECTION OF TOM SUHRHOFF ARE AUTHORIZED IN THE AIRSPACE AT AND BELOW 1000 FEET AGL WITHIN A 5 NAUTICAL MILE RADIUS OF 345855N/0922642W OR THE LITTLE ROCK /LIT/ VORTAC 319 DEGREE RADIAL AT 22.4 NAUTICAL MILES