In March 2013, hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil spilled from a pipeline in the wee little town of Mayflower, Ark. Initially, the media were all over the disaster as Exxon Mobil and the EPA scrambled to get the oil (and their public image) in check. Months passed, cleanup dragged on, and public attention drifted elsewhere. But what ever happened to Mayflower?
FACT CHECK TIME! Here's what our fact checkers found:
- In March 2013, more than 200,000gallons of tar sands oil (WHOA that's a lot) spilled in Mayflower.
- Tar sands oil is different from the motor oil you'd put in your car, in part because it's diluted with benzene (which, btw, can be super harmful to humans). In fact, the folks in the video are right in saying that exposure to tar sands can cause nausea, ear ringing, and general malaise.
- The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry a whopping 35 milliongallons of tar sands each day, which is pretty scary considering the existing Keystone pipeline spilled more than 30 times in one year.