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Mysterious submarine plume discharge clouds waters at Hawaii harbor

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Mysterious plume blankets Kewalo Basin in Honolulu, Hawaii - March 1, 2012

From March 1, 2012

March 2, 2012 – HAWAII - A mysterious cloudy substance is emptying into Kewalo Basin (Honolulu) from a storm drain at an alarming rate. The mystery plume started pouring into Kewalo Basin before sunrise. “It was like 5:30 in the morning and I was standing here and then all of a sudden it came all at one time,” said Robert St. Romain of Sashimi Fishing Tours. At first light he and other boat owners were stunned by the free flowing plume that turned the water white. “Just was coming out here like crazy just like you see it right now and it muddied the whole harbor in a matter of five minutes.

The whole harbor was just glazed over usually you can see down,” said a boater. And it kept coming hundreds of gallons of milky brown fluid every minute. “That storm drain is capable of close to a million gallons a day of water coming through,” said "Kewalo Basin Harbor Master Charles Barclay. He said he’s never seen anything like this. “If it was a sewage discharge or if it was an oil discharge we’d smell it but this is a siltation. “Obviously it’s not oil because you don’t see any slick on top,” said boater Michael de Jong. “I don’t know what else it might be. Do you have anything further?” asked Barclay.

About a dozen state and city officials were on the scene. Everyone was baffled by the source. City crews visited numerous construction sites and checked for broken water mains but found no clues. “The storm water drain where it’s coming out of connects to an artesian well up by the Blaisdell Center,” said Barclay. He said this is one of 37 storm drains in Kewalo Basin. But this particular drainage was seldom source of storm runoff and the rains weren’t heavy over-night.

Barclay says boat owners reported seeing dead fish in the harbor which is home to stingrays, hammerhead sharks and turtles and an occasional visit from monk seals. There’s just no question we don’t want any type of discharges that would impact the marine life,” said Barclay. The cloudy substance that blanketed the harbor made its way to the ocean where unsuspecting surfers, fishermen and divers had already started their day. "–Khon 2

http://www.khon2.com/content/news/editorschoice/story/Mysterious-plume-blankets-Kewalo-Basin/Mu64XdFs1UGEaHge54jAaw.cspx

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/mysterious-submarine-plume-discharge-clouds-waters-at-hawaii-harbor/

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69 spills reported in North Sea

4/8/2012

"There have been 69 reported incidents of oil and chemical spills in the North Sea during the last three months, figures have revealed.

A total of 18 companies have been named in the table of incidents published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The most recent one reported was the Total gas leak at the Elgin platform on March 25, with its status described as "under review".

Oil & Gas UK, which represents offshore companies, said the leaks were "relatively small" and many of the chemicals "benign". BP and Shell were among the companies listed, with BP reporting the highest number of incidents at 23. Other companies included EnQuest, British Gas and Nexen.

The DECC published the details of all oil and chemical releases since January 1 on its website. Around half of the spills were chemicals and the other half were different types of oil, including crude oil and diesel.

Dr Richard Dixon, the director of WWF Scotland, said: "People will be shocked to learn that there have been so many spills in such a short time."

Disgusting

http://news.uk.msn.com/environment/69-spills-reported-in-north-sea-3

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336K Gallons of Diesel Fuel Leak in Arthur Kill

The diesel fuel was leaking from the Motiva oil tank facility

By Brian Thompson and Chris Glorioso

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 

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Crews are working to clean up 300,000 gallons of diesel that have leaked in Arthur Kill between Staten Island and New Jersey.

"Officials say 336,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in Arthur Kill after a storage tank was lifted and ruptured from the surge from Sandy.

All the spilled oil is believed to be contained by booms put in the water, the Coast Guard says.

The diesel fuel leaked at the Motiva oil tank facility in Woodbridge, N.J., according to authorities.

Coast Guard spokesman Les Tippets says a secondary tank caught most of the oil and that the liquid that escaped moved into the Arthur Kill, the water waterway separating New Jersey from New York's Staten Island."

BREAKING 300,000 Gallons of Diesel Spill in Arthur Kill !

BREAKING 300,000 Gallons of Diesel Spill in Arthur Kill !

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Arthur-Kill-Oil-Spill-Diesel-Fuel-Motiva-Staten-Island-Woodbridge-NJ-176676451.html

Diesel fuel spills in NJ during storm

"TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey environmental officials say 336,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled after a storage tank was lifted and ruptured from the surge from superstorm Sandy.

The Coast Guard says all the spilled oil is believed to be contained by booms put in the water.

Officials said Wednesday that the spill happened Monday night at the Motiva oil tank facility in Woodbridge.

Coast Guard spokesman Les Tippets says a secondary tank caught most of the oil and that the liquid that escaped moved into the Arthur Kills, the water waterway separating New Jersey from New York's Staten Island.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Ragonese says the company reported the spill and hired contractors to clean it up."

http://online.wsj.com/article/APed0715712f284f6d9f4435ad4b85db35.html

Oil spill off storm-battered New York: report

November 1, 2012

"NEW YORK: Clean-up efforts were under way early Thursday after some 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the waters off New York City in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, CNN reported.

The spill was caused by a rupture in a storage tank at a nearby New Jersey refinery run by Motiva, part-owned by oil giant Shell, it said.

The US Coast Guard was overseeing the cleanup effort, which involved around 100 workers helping to place containment booms around the spill, CNN said.

Neither the Coast Guard nor Shell was immediately available for comment.

The massive cyclone carved a path of devastation across the US northeast on Monday and Tuesday, flooding lower Manhattan and much of the New Jersey coastline and leaving millions without electricity across several states."

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/1234738/1/.html

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Chemicals Contaminate N China River

Jan. 6, 2013

"Nearly 9 tonnes of aniline leaked by a chemical plant in north China's Shanxi Province have ended up in the Zhuozhang River.

A spokesman from the plant said the leak was discovered when employees spotted aniline leaking from a broken pipe.

"It is a floating roof tank. The soft hose on the mouth of the tank ruptured and caused the leakage."

Another 30 tonnes of spilled aniline have been contained in a nearby disused reservoir, the local emergency response headquarters said.

A local government statement says the leak has not resulted in any casualties so far, adding that the river's water quality has been recovering.

Data from a monitoring station shows concentrations of aniline in the river have decreased to 2.15 mg per liter from the previous level of 72 mg per liter, but the limit should be less than 0.1 mg per liter according to national standards.

A large amount of dead fish were observed in the upper reaches of the river on Friday evening.

Aniline is widely used to manufacture pigments, herbicides and other chemicals.

A further investigation of the accident is under way."

http://english.cri.cn/6909/2013/01/06/2743s742281.htm

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Crude oil spills into Mississippi River after oil barges crash

January 27, 2013

(Reuters) - Two oil barges pushed by a tugboat slammed into a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Sunday, causing one to leak crude oil into the Mississippi River, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Officials used an "absorbent boom" to contain the undetermined amount of oil that leaked into the river after the collision, which occurred shortly after midnight and damaged both barges, Lieutenant Ryan Gomez said. The barge that is leaking was holding 80,000 gallons of light crude oil, he said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/27/us-usa-mississippi-oil-idUSBRE90Q0K520130127

http://enenews.com/oil-barges-slam-bridge-mississippi-river-both-heavily-damaged-sheen-reported-3-miles-away-leaking-sunday-evening-video

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Oil still leaking from barge with over 600,000 gallons of crude onboard — Experts: Land in Mississippi and Louisiana already contaminated

Jan. 29, 2013

Title: Mississippi River oil spill: why Yazoo turn is treacherous

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Author: Mark Guarino,

Date:  January 29, 2013 at ~7:30p ET

A Mississippi River barge that crashed Sunday is still leaking oil. [...]

Oil continued to leak into the Mississippi River Tuesday from a barge containing more than 600,000 gallons of light crude, following an accident that took place early Sunday morning in Vicksburg, Miss.

The US Coast Guard says it has not yet determined how much oil escaped but that skimming operations have captured about 2,300 gallons of oily water mixture and about 7,000 gallons remain unaccounted for. [...]

The Louisiana Environmental Action Network, an advocacy group located in Baton Rouge, La., says that its investigators have determined that oil sheen from the spill has already contaminated the area of land located between the river’s edge and the bluff in Mississippi, and the earthen levee in Louisiana. “It’s contaminated that ecosystem and will have a long-term impact on the sediment,” says Wilma Subra, a chemist with the organization."

http://enenews.com/oil-leaking-barge-600000-gallons-crude-onboard-experts-land-mississippi-louisiana-already-contaminated

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Exxon pipeline breaks spilling 84,000 gallons of Canadian crude oil near Arkansas lake [VIDEOS]

March 31, 2013

"On Thursday, I wrote about the 30,000 gallons of Canadian oil that spilled in Minnesota following a train derailment and noted the differences in oil spills caused by train accidents versus oil pipelines. Unfortunately, we now have another example of the large scale disasters oil pipelines create. On Friday, the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline, which brings Canadian crude oil from Illinois to Texas, ruptured, leaking at least 80,000 gallons of oil into the Central Arkansas town of Mayflower.

Arkansas' THV11 reports:

It was a rough start to the Easter holiday weekend after an oil spill struck in Mayflower. Authorities said as many as 40 homes had to be evacuated Friday afternoon.

Lisa Song at Inside Climate News reports on the size of the spill:

The size of the spill remains unclear. Dodson said the Environmental Protection Agency has estimated the spill at 84,000 gallons. The EPA and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management did not return calls for comment."

Read the story watch vids here...

http://www.treehugger.com/energy-disasters/oil-spill-arkansas-exxon-pipeline-breaks-spilling-84000-gallons-dangerously-close-lake-conway.html

Tx..Reddwolf

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AMAZING Aerial Footage of Arkansas Tar Sands Oil Spill!

LeeCamp2

"Published on Apr 2, 2013

"Tens of thousands of gallons of oil have flooded some of the streets and yards of Mayflower, Arkansas. The Exxon tar sands oil spill is small taste of what we would see if the Keystone XL Pipeline is approved. The media is largely being kept away from this spill. In the video you can see that Exxon's plan to clean it up consists mostly of hoses and paper towels. Go to http://www.NoKXL.org and http://www.350.org to learn more and lend your support to the fight of people over profit. UPDATE: The FAA has restricted flight over the area"

http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_3_8699.html      <<<no fly zone Tx Reddwolf

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Coast Guard, DEQ investigating widespread reports of chemical odors

April 3, 2013

Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

"The Coast Guard and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality are investigating widespread reports of odors, ranging from burning rubber to oil and gas, in the New Orleans area, according to spokesmen for both agencies.

"We have received calls from the public regarding the odors, and we’re currently investigating these issues and working to pinpoint the source," said DEQ spokesman Tim Beckstrom."

"Personnel from Coast Guard Sector New Orleans are working with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to investigate the source of a report of a gas smell near Terrytown," said Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class Bil Colclough.

Residents in Chalmette, Algiers and New Orleans began reporting odors to the Louisiana Bucket Brigade soon after 1 a.m. Wednesday, said Anna Hyrbyk, program manager for the environmental group.

"We anticipate more reports coming in because we're getting calls from a lot of locations," Hyrbyk said. "The wind direction is moving from the east to the west and in the last hour, we received reports from Harahan to Metairie about a burnt tire smell."

http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/04/coast_guard_louisiana_departme.html

Widespread mystery odor reported across New Orleans area — Oil, natural gas suspected — Coast Guard investigating (VIDEO)

Jefferson Parish News Release: Jefferson Parish, along with several other regional parishes, has been experiencing a large volume of calls relative to a gas odor in the atmosphere. Jefferson Parish Officials have been working with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Coast Guard to investigate and locate a source of this reported odor. At this time, no source has been identified and local, state, and federal agencies are continuing to investigate to find the origin of this issue.

FOX 8 (h/t Anonymous tip): Gas-like smell reported across metro area [...] Reports of a gas-like smell continue to surface around the area. FOX 8 has received several calls from residents in Jefferson and Orleans Parish who have smelled a strong odor of oil or gas. Officials in both Orleans and Jefferson Parishes are looking for the source of the odor as well as Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality and the Coast Guard. A fire chief in Jefferson Parish tells FOX 8 that the Jefferson Parish Fire Department has not been able to locate a source of the smell.

http://enenews.com/widespread-reports-of-strong-mystery-odor-all-around-new-orleans-area-oil-natural-gas-suspected-coast-guard-investigating-video

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Release of 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide caused mystery odor in New Orleans? Report: Actual amount is “far more”

4/4/13

"WDSU, April 4, 2013: [...] ExxonMobil’s Chalmette Refinery reported releasing 10 pounds of benzene and 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide early on Wednesday, but the La. Bucket Brigade said it released “far more.” [...] The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a nonprofit environmental watchdog group, said the smell originated from the Exxon Chalmette Refinery and said that the Coast Guard confirmed it. [...] However, the DEQ hasn’t linked the smell to the Chalmette refinery. It is still investigating via air monitoring sites and field crews."

NOLA: An odor identified as burning tires or oil that wafted over the New Orleans area may have been caused by a spill of wastewater at the ExxonMobil Chalmette Refinery, according to a report filed with the Coast Guard’s National Response Center and a second report issued by the National Ocean Service. The report to the response center by the refinery says that an unknown amount of waste water leaked onto the ground from the “Number 1 flare drum” at the refinery at 7:08 a.m. It did not say what chemicals, if any, were in the wastewater."

http://enenews.com/release-of-100-pounds-of-hydrogen-sulfide-caused-new-orleans-area-odor-report-actual-amount-is-far-more

Isn't the smell of hydrogen sulfide what is coming out of the Bayou Corne?  but wait, they are saying this came from a refinery...so probably for 36 hours now, they have been poisoning people in New Orleans...?? If you can smell it, it's doing damage...tx Reddwolf

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Willard Bay State Park in Utah was spared the worst of a 27,000-gallon Chevron oil spill last week thanks to a large dam built and maintained by a group of six beavers. The oil spilled from a pipeline running from Utah to Washington state and was blocked from spreading into the park's marshes and wetlands by the dam.

The six beavers have been rescued and put up at an animal refuge, but sadly three of them suffered chemical burns from the spill and face a difficult road to recovery.

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http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/hero-beavers-stop-oil-spill-with-their-dam

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Oil from Exxon spill in Arkansas flowing into wetlands

April 8, 2013

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image from Flickr by user Tar Sands Blockade

"The ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas is getting worse: more than a week after Canadian tar sands erupted from a pipeline, residents of the small town say area wetlands are becoming polluted with the crude.

Over 20 homes in Mayflower were evacuated shortly after the a leak in Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline on March 29, but the company’s attempt at correcting the disaster has apparently only made things worse. Activists with the group Tar Sands Blockade went to rural Arizona over the weekend to document the oil spill, and discovered that power washers used by Exxon to clean up the town has moved the crude into nearby wetlands.

“That’s right,” reads a post published on the group’s websiteover the weekend, “in order to get the tar sands out of the neighborhood where it spilled and out of sight and into one place for cleanup, Exxon power-washed the excess into a wetland area which had already been affected by the spill.”

Read story here  tx phillip.

http://rt.com/usa/wetlands-arkansas-oil-spill-520/

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People report trouble with complaint line

April 8, 2013

WALKER - A smelly situation has a community in Livingston Parish complaining. But, it's the inability to get through on the Department of Environmental Quality complaint line that worsened the situation.

"It went straight to voice-mail," said resident Wayne Breaud. "And after the voice-mail it said that the voice-mail was full. And you know in my opinion, how does a state agency treat us like that?"

Over the weekend, the system would not allow people to leave a message. Breaud said he was trying to report foul odors coming from a landfill near his home, but wasn't able to leave his message."

http://www.wbrz.com/news/people-report-trouble-with-complaint-line/

So now we have a smelly situation in Livingston, La.

Now Livingston Parish Reports Smells

http://lasinkhole.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/livingston-smells/

AMAZING Aerial Footage of Arkansas Exxon Oil Spill!

LeeCamp2

Published on Apr 2, 2013

"This is the aerial video Exxon does not want people to see of the Arkansas tar sands oil spill. Tens of thousands of gallons of oil have flooded some of the streets and yards of Mayflower, Arkansas. The Exxon tar sands oil spill is small taste of what we would see if the Keystone XL Pipeline is approved. The media is largely being kept away from this spill. In the video you can see that Exxon's plan to clean it up consists mostly of hoses and paper towels. Go to http://www.NoKXL.org and http://www.350.org to learn more and lend your support to the fight of people over profit. UPDATE: The FAA has restricted flight over the area -"

Duck, Mayflower, AR Resident

tarsandblockade

Published on Apr 7, 2013

Friday, April 5: The Tar Sands Blockade spill response team interviews Duck, 12-year resident of Mayflower, AR, about the effects of Exxon's tar sands spill into Lake Conway and the surrounding area

tx Reddwolf

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Exxon Oil Spill: EPA's Official Photos Show Full Extent Of Damage From Pegasus Pipeline In Mayflower, Ark.

The Environmental Protection Agency has released 111 official photos from the site of Exxon Mobil's Pegasus Pipeline spill in Mayflower, Ark. Part of the underground pipeline ruptured March 29, prompting emergency responders to evacuate 21 nearby homes.

http://www.ibtimes.com/exxon-oil-spill-epas-official-photos-show-full-extent-damage-pegasus-pipeline-mayflower-ark-1177083

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New Pipeline Spill in Texas

While clean up continues on the Exxon oil spill in Arkansas, another oil pipeline has been reported - this time in Houston, Texas.

The Shell Oil owned pipeline burst was detected Friday by the US National Response Center and has dumped an estimated 30,000 gallons of oil into a waterway connected to the Gulf of Mexico (as if it needed any more oil dumped into it!).

http://theenergycollective.com/kgrandia/206816/pipeline-spills-se1-e3-new-pipeline-spill-texas

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Heavy damage after bullet holes riddle key California power substation — 10,000 gallon oil spill — Statewide Emergency Alert to conserve energy — 911 calls not working nearby

Crews were working to clean up an oil spill caused by bullet holes at a PG&E transmission center just southeast of San Jose, a PG&E spokesman said. [...] “We are currently on site assessing the magnitude of the vandalism and the impact,” he said.

Statewide Emergency Alert to Conserve Energy After PG&E Substation Vandalized [...] About 10,000 gallons of oil began leaking Tuesday morning from a transformer at a San Jose PG&E substation

http://enenews.com/heavy-damage-after-bullet-holes-riddle-california-power-substation-10000-gallon-oil-spill-statewide-emergency-alert-to-conserve-energy-911-calls-from-land-lines-not-working-nearby

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...Exxon denies...

Excerpt:

Now an expert confirms a fear Coleman and many of his neighbors share.

"Yes, there's oil in Lake Conway and there's oil downstream flowing into the

Arkansas River," said Scott Smith, who is president and CEO of Opflex Solutions.

Opflex Solutions is a proponent of "efficient oil cleanup," and its preliminary tests came back with positive signs of tar sands in the lake.

Smith said to his understanding there's a discrepancy in Exxon's water testing. According to him, they test the surface and soil samples at the bottom, but his company is focusing on the water columns in-between.

"I have found methylene chloride and barium in concentrations indicative of tar sands oil," he added.

Written article & video here:

http://www.katv.com/story/22048388/tests-reveal-tar-sands-in-lake-conway-exxon-denies

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Report: Residents near Arkansas oil spill with chemical burns, gastrointestinal problems, extreme fatigue

30 toxic chemicals at high levels — 88,000 ppb of hydrocarbons in air

May 1, 2013

"Title: Independent Air Test at Mayflower Oil Spill Reveal 30 Toxic Chemicals at High Levels

Sources: Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group, Global Community Monitor

Date: April 26, 2013

h/t Anonymous tip

Independent Air Test at Mayflower Oil Spill Reveal 30 Toxic Chemicals at High Levels

Health Symptoms Persist Despite Denials from Exxon and Agencies

Little Rock–A citizen based organization responding [to] the recent Exxon Pegasus Pipeline rupture and tar sands oil spill discovered over twenty-five toxic chemicals in the first ambient air sample collected on March 30. [...]

[April] Lane relayed that “even four weeks later, residents are still feeling symptoms from the chemical exposure. People have consistently talked about gastrointestinal problems, headaches, respiratory problems, skin irritation including chemical burns, and extreme fatigue.” These symptoms are consistent with exposure to the chemicals found in the independent air testing.

According to Dr. Neil Carman with the Lone Star Chapter of Sierra Club and former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, “Thirty toxic hydrocarbons were measured above the detection limits. Each of the thirty hydrocarbons measured in the Mayflower release is a toxic chemical on its own and may pose a threat to human health depending on various exposure and individual factors. Total toxic hydrocarbons were detected at more than 88,000 parts per billion in the ambient air and present a complex airborne mixture or soup of toxic chemicals that residents may have been exposed to from the Mayflower tar sands bitumen spill.” [...]

Lane’s initial air sample on March 30 detected over twenty-five toxic chemicals including cancer causing benzene and ethylbenzene. [...]

Benzene vapors in the Mayflower sample were measured at 220 parts per billion by volume (ppbV), exceeding the Texas short-term effects screening levels (ESL) for benzene of 54 parts per billion (ppb) by four times. Many residents were exposed for several days and are still being exposed to crude remaining in the environment. [...]"

http://enenews.com/report-residents-near-arkansas-oil-spill-with-chemical-burns-gastrointestinal-problems-extreme-fatigue-30-toxic-hydrocarbons-detected-88000-parts-per-billion-in-ambient-air

Exxon oil pipeline spill reported in Doniphan

May 1, 2013

by Brandi Hunter, Video Journalist

" DONIPHAN, MO (KAIT) – ExxonMobil and Missouri officials are in the process of cleaning up an oil spill reported Tuesday near the Arkansas/Missouri state line.

According to ExxonMobil Senior Planning Advisor Russ Roberts, approximately one barrel, or 42 gallons of crude oil spilled into a yard at a residence on Highway 21 South in Doniphan, MO, about 200 miles north of Mayflower, AR.

The same Pegasus pipeline spilled thousands of barrels in Arkansas on March 29.

"We were able to patch that leak, clamp the pipe and now we're waiting for the O.K. from the Department of Transportation to go ahead and complete the repairs, which we think could be as early as tomorrow (May 2)," Roberts said.

Roberts said the investigation of the leak should reveal how long the pipe had been leaking.

"My grandfather noticed an oil spill that was in the yard (on Friday, April 26) and it got bigger so we were concerned that it was going to go into the well water because we have well water to drink," said Lori Arbeau.

Doniphan resident Robert Cooley reported the spill to Exxon Tuesday, April 30, after seeing oil and dead vegetation in front of his house that sits on about 18 acres of land owned by Arbeau's parents, Guy and Pat Meadors. 

Pat said workers arrived about an hour after the call."

http://www.kait8.com/story/22133046/exxon-oil-pipeline-spill-reported-in-ripley-county

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Monster Barf: Weird, Smelly Foam Oozes Through Cracks in Chinese Streets

   

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adding a link for the story  this was like something out of science fiction or bezerk (tx Tetra)..

"At around 9PM, pedestrians began to notice the pavement at the Wende Baiyun Lane cross intersection started to crack and split open, and before long, a foamy white substance was spewing from the cracks, brining with it a foul-smelling stench. Within a short time, the foam had spread to a 50 meter radius and stood a foot high.

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A short time later, the strange substance stopped leaking and the remnants that weren’t quickly washed into the sewers retreated back into the one centimeter wide cracks in the road, leaving authorities baffled as to what the stinking foam could have been.

In other words 1 CENTIMETER cracks allowed something 150 feet across and 1 FOOT deep to swell up, and then just as quickly it retreated back into those 1 centimeter cracks and disappeared.  simply incredible and mind boggling if you think about it  :o       

(Thank you for posting this story luci, I got sidetracked.)

http://www.secretsofthefed.com/weird-smelly-foam-oozes-through-cracks-in-chinese-streets/

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You are most welcome Breezy!!! 

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This is about contamination of water resources in China

Prelude to a water and economic crisis?

5/14/13

By Cecilia Tortajada and Asit K. Biswas ( China Daily)

"Steady deterioration of water bodies is one of the most pressing problems facing the world today. In Asia, degradation of water quality and the problems it spawns are so extensive and serious that they are threatening to harm economic growth and affect the health and quality of life of billions of people.

China's high economic growth has had an adverse impact in terms of access, volume and quality of water as well as equity, management and investment requirements. While the magnitude of the water quality problem has steadily widened, planning, management and institutional capacities have not improved commensurately, and thus complicated matters further.

Water scarcity and pollution of water sources are two of the most serious problems for China. Pollution has now spread from the coastal region to inland water bodies, affecting both surface water and groundwater. More than 53 billion tons of (untreated or inadequately treated) wastewater is discharged into China's water bodies every year. And as early as 2006, water in a stretch of more than 25,000 km of rivers failed to meet the quality standards for aquatic life and about 90 percent sections of rivers in and around urban areas were seriously polluted. The World Bank estimates that water scarcity and pollution are costing China about 2.3 percent of GDP - 1.3 percent due to water scarcity and the rest as a direct impact of water pollution.

Water quality is a bigger problem in North China, where shortage of water prevents pollutant discharges from being diluted. In the northern region, about 40 percent of the rivers have the two worst water quality standards: grades V and VI. This means water is so highly polluted that it is not only unsafe to drink (a serious health issue in itself), but also very difficult and expensive to treat."

Read the rest of the story here

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2013-05/14/content_16497933.htm

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Canadian mine giant Barrick fined a record $16.4M in Chile

May 25, 2013

Native population complains of cancerous growths and aching stomachs

A TRUE STORY OF SOIL AND WATER CONTAMINATION

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El Corral, a village of 200 inhabitants, mostly from the Diaguita ethnic group, is downstream from the world’s highest gold mine, Barrick Gold Corp's Pascua-Lama project in northern Chile. Since the project moved in, residents say river levels have dropped. (Jorge Saenz/Associated Press)

"The Diaguita Indians live in the foothills of the Andes, just downstream from the world's highest gold mine, where for as long as anyone can remember they've drunk straight from the glacier-fed river that irrigates their orchards and vineyards with its clear water.

Then thousands of mine workers and their huge machines moved in, building a road alongside the river that reaches all the way up to Pascua-Lama, a gold mine being built along both sides of the Chile-Argentine border at a lung-busting 5,000 metres above sea level.

The crews moved mountaintops in preparation for 25 years of gold and silver production, breaking rocks and allowing mineral acids that include arsenic, aluminum and sulfates to flow into the headwaters feeding Atacama desert communities down below.

River levels dropped, the water is murky in places and the Indians now complain of cancerous growths and aching stomachs. There's no way to prove or disprove it, but villagers are convinced Barrick Gold Corp. is to blame for their health problems.

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"We don't know how much contamination the fruit and vegetables we eat may have," complained Diaguita leader Yovana Paredes Paez. "They're drying up the river, our farms aren't the same. The animals are dying of hunger. Now there's no cheese or meat. It's changed completely."

More than 70 per cent of gold is on Chile side...cont.

Removed mountaintops without building earth up...cont.

Barrick works with 'an enormous quantity of cyanide'...cont.

The Diaguita once followed the rivers up the mountains and roamed over both sides of the frontier, but now Barrick's security guards block their way at a checkpoint just above town. Dump trucks the size of two-story homes and dozens of red barrels with toxic warning labels are kept in a fenced lot nearby.

"The Earth is giving us the strength to be courageous," Diaguita leader Maglene Campillay said, amazed that they're being listened to in a country where mining sustains the economy. "This might be a small community that used to be afraid, but we've united, and we're defending our rights, because we're not going to let them take away our water and end our culture."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/05/25/chile-barrick-fine.html

Tx. phillipbbg

Too bad these people cannot eat or drink this money, and what is one life, or several thousand worth, or their way of life, their livestock? How about 16.4 Billion instead?

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