As response to spills in Arkansas, Minnesota continue, oil companies still exempt from funding federal clean up trust
- Year: 2013
- Length: 7:40 minutes (3.51 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
In Arkansas, the state’s attorney general is demanding that ExxonMobil release more information about a tar sands spill that prompted evacuations and flooded residential streets and waterways last week. In a statement today, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel gave ExxonMobil until April 10 to comply with a subpoena and release inspection reports, sampling and testing data and other information about the Pegasus pipeline that runs through central Arkansas. Aerial videos of the area showed extensive coverage of the spill after the accident but access is now limited, as the FAA imposed a no-fly zone over the spill area. This follows another spill in Minnesota last week after a train derailment, which unleashed some 30,000 gallons of tar sands. The spills draw attention to the high costs of tar sands accidents and who foots the bill. Under the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, oil companies are required to pay into an oil response fund. But an exemption does not require companies that transport the tar sands mixture, known as diluted bitumen, to contribute to the fund. According to the watchdog group Oil Change International, that exemption cost US taxpayers $36 million in 2011 and, with the rapid increase in tar sands production, could reach $375 million in the next five years. For more, we’re joined by David Turnbull, campaigns director with Oil Change International.