Last Friday a gash in the Exxon Mobil Pegasus Pipeline caused an oil spill in the middle of a residential community in Mayflower, Arkansas. There are conflicting reports as to how many gallons have leaked, but even in what could be considered a smaller spill, it’s having devastating effects on wildlife and communities.
Actor and eco-advocate Ian Somerhalder took to his twitter page to show that what happened in Arkansas could happen to more communities if the Keystone XL Pipeline is allowed to be built. Somerhalder wrote, “Umm is this what you want in your back yard America?NO,Keystone XLPipeline-we do not want you- take a look everyone”.
He then linked to this video showing oil lined residential streets.
The city of Mayflower, Arkansas is doing its best to clean up the effected areas. They posted the following picture of an oil covered blue winged teal to their facebook page.
Our thoughts go out to Arkansas. We hope they are able to clean up this disaster soon so people can return to their homes and the wildlife can go back to nesting and raising their young in peace. Perhaps the people impacted will also speak out against the Keystone XL Pipeline, knowing firsthand what could happen in someone’s backyard.