A worker carries used absorbent material after attempting to pick up oil from Exxon pipeline spill near Mayflower, Arkansas.
Nearly 12,000 barrels of crude oil spilled out of Exxon Mobil's Pegasus pipeline into a Mayflower, Arkansas neighborhood causing the evacuation of 22 homes last Friday. The pipeline originates in Patoka, Illinois, and carries diluted tar sands bitumen to the Texas Gulf Coast from Western Canada. This same destructive tar sands oil from Alberta is exactly what the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will carry through new areas of the U.S. if Obama allows that pipeline to be finished.
Despite what oil companies like Exxon want you to believe, oil pipelines leak. It's what they do. What's happening in Arkansas right now could be the future for communities from North Dakota to Texas if President Obama approves the Keystone XL pipeline. There's a reason it's called 'dirty energy,' and it's time we put it behind us. Let's stop the spills and move forward with clean energy now.
Oil booms are visible April 1, 2013 in the water alongside a road near Interstate 40 near Mayflower, Arkansas.