2013-04-03. After Oil Spill in Arkansas, Weighing Risks of Keystone Pipeline Extension.

posted Apr 5, 2013, 9:44 AM by Alan Gould
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/environment/jan-june13/oilspill_04-03.html.    News Hour - Judy Woodruff, PBS.   For Energy Use chapter 3. Excerpt: ...Running from Patoka, IL to Nederland, Texas, the Pegasus pipeline is capable of transporting 96,000 barrels of oil a day. It passes through this Little Rock suburb, and also through 13 miles of the close-by Lake Maumelle watershed, leaving many concerned with the risks posed to Arkansas' water supply. ...Yesterday at a bird shelter in nearby Russellville, specialists cleaned ducks covered in the heavy crude. Investigators are still trying to find out what caused the rupture. According to Exxon's estimates, between 3,500 and 5,000 barrels of oil spilled. More than 20 homes were evacuated. Last year in the U.S., 364 pipeline spills occurred, resulting in the dumping of 54,000 barrels of oil, according to the Department of Transportation. This latest breach, while considered relatively small, raises new questions about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline extension and whether President Obama should approve it. See also: http://rt.com/usa/faa-zone-exxon-employee-306/ (FAA puts no-fly zone over Arkansas oil spill with Exxon employee in charge)