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Enough With Scientific Jargon. Let's Hear The True (Scary) Facts From The Real Experts.

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?

Enough With Scientific Jargon. Let's Hear The True (Scary) Facts From The Real Experts.

FACT CHECK TIME! Here's what our fact checkers found:


  • In March 2013, more than 200,000 gallons 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 million gallons of tar sands each day, which is pretty scary considering the existing Keystone pipeline spilled more than 30 times in one year.

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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