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The Oil Spill at a Home Near You: ExxonMobil

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The Arkansas [United States] attorney general said Tuesday that he will investigate the cause and impact of an oil spill after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured  State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel also is asking ExxonMobil to preserve all documents and information related to Friday’s oil spill and ongoing cleanup efforts in Mayflower, a small city about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Crews have recovered about 12,000 barrels of oil and water since the Pegasus pipeline started leaking. Investigators are still working to determine what caused the spill, which led authorities to evacuate nearly two dozen homes.”It’s obvious that the rupture was not the fault of the state and the state has been damaged in addition to the private property owners,” McDaniel told reporters Tuesday.

In a letter to ExxonMobil officials dated Tuesday {April 2, 2013], McDaniel said he believes the company may have liability for the consequences of the spill under the Arkansas Water and Air Pollution Act and other applicable laws.”There are many questions and concerns remaining as to the long-term impacts, environmental or otherwise, from this spill,” McDaniel wrote.

Some of the environmental effects began to come into focus Monday [April 1, 2013] as officials said a couple of dead ducks and 10 live oily birds had been found since the oil spill.  McDaniel said he has communicated with attorneys general in other states that have seen larger spills, including Louisiana and Mississippi.   “We don’t want to overreact, but obviously a prudent response would require investigating the cause and determining what remedies are available and appropriate for the state,” McDaniel told reporters.ExxonMobil spokeswoman Kim Jordan said the company will cooperate with McDaniel’s office.

The pipeline that ruptured dates back to the 1940s, according to ExxonMobil, and is part of the Pegasus pipeline that carries crude oil from the Midwest to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.

Arkansas will investigate ExxonMobil oil spill, Associated Press, April 2, 2013

The ExxonMobil Oil Spill in Nigeria

An oil spill near an ExxonMobil oilfield off the southeast coast of Nigeria has spread along the shore for about 15 miles, and locals said it was killing fish they depend on to live.  Mobil Producing Nigeria, a joint venture between ExxonMobil and the state oil firm, said this month it was helping clean up an oil spill near its Ibeno field in Akwa Ibom state, though it did not know the source of the oil.  This Reuters reporter saw that water along the coast was covered with a rainbow-tinted film of oil for miles….Oil spills are common in Nigeria, where enforcement of environmental regulations is lax and armed gangs frequently damage pipelines to steal crude.  In the Iwuokpom-Ibeno fishing community, village elder Iyang Ekong held up one of a load of crabs that a fisherman had caught that morning, only to find they were soaked in toxic oil.  “When I got I home, I realised we can’t even eat them because they smell so badly of chemicals. So we’re just going to leave them by the waterfront,” he said.

Decades of oil production in Nigeria’s swampy Niger Delta, where Africa’s second-longest river empties into the Atlantic, have turned parts of it into a wasteland of oily water and dead mangroves. Thousands of barrels are spilled every year.  The companies say oil theft by criminal gangs is responsible for most of it.  “Our fishermen noticed the oil on an outing, but the sea has started depositing crude oil along the coast, and it has filled the water,” said Samuel Ayode, chairman of the fishermen’s association of Akwa Ibom, as he repaired his fishing net on the beach. He added that it started around Aug. 10.  “No one’s done any fishing since. The fish have migrated away from the pollution.”

A landmark U.N. report in August last year slammed the government and multinational oil companies, particularly Shell , for 50 years of oil pollution that has devastated the Ogoniland region. One community is suing for compensation in a London court.  The government and oil majors have pledged to clean up the region and other parts of the delta, but locals say they have seen no evidence of action yet.

Oil spill stretches for miles near Exxon Nigeria field, Reuters, Sept. 1, 2012