Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline delivers Canadian tar sands to Texas for processing. It has sprung a leak in a nice little neighborhood called Mayflower, south of Conway, Arkansas. Noxious fumes make the neighborhood unbearable and black oil bubbles down the street and into the storm drain. Now this pipeline has created some jobs (they will need to hire people to clean it up), but I worry that the men and women with those jobs will inhale benzene and other cancer-causing fumes. Exxon, like BP, does not care that much about safety or the people they hire–and you can tell that because of the preventable accidents that occur under their watch.
Ed Markey is opposed to building the Keystone XL pipeline, which will carry even more Canadian tar sands–800,000 barrels per day–into America, risking further damage to people’s property and health, and guaranteeing excessive carbon pollution in the atmosphere for us all. There are cleaner ways to get our energy than the dirtiest tar in the ground. If we are going to give the next generation a world that is liveable, we have to start electing real environmental leaders like Ed Markey.