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Exxon pipeline breaks, spills 84,000 gallons of Canadian tar sands oil in Arkansas (VIDEO)

By: Obert Madondo The Canadian Progressive

Yet another warning of the disasters Canadians and Americans would be forced to endure regularly if President Obama approves TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

On Friday, the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline, which ships Canadian tar sands oil to Texas, ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas, and spilled more than 80,000 gallons of oil into a local neighborhood and near a lake. Residents had to be evacuated.

According to Treehugger, Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor was one of one the seventeen Democrats that joined all the Republican Senators in voting for symbolic approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Pryor and TransCanada Corp has also claimed the pipeline will help create thousands of jobs in Arkansas, where some of the pipe is manufactured. However Bloomberg recently reported that the project will only create 20 full time jobs.

Meanwhile, The Chronicle Herald reports:

On Monday federal regulators proposed that Exxon Mobil pay $1.7 million in civil penalties for safety violations linked to a pipeline rupture that spilled an estimated 238,000 litres of crude oil into Montana’s scenic Yellowstone River in July 2011.

This article has been reposted from The Canadian Progressive

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