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Re: “Griffin touts Exxon to oiled constituency

Luckily it didn't contaminate the Lake Maumelle reservoir this time, but it will contaminate some reservoir if Exxon continues to run corrosive tar sands crude through this 65 year old pipeline, which was never designed for it. Pegasus threatens all kinds of reservoirs and their tributaries in Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas. Use this map to find how close it is to your own reservoir (or home). Move around, zoom in just like any other google map. Then write and call every legislator in your state every day until we stop tar sand pipelines. Otherwise, we'll have to wait for sanity until we destroy a reservoir or a city. Remember that you can't remove arsenic and mercury from a reservoir, so the reservoir and everything downstream will be unusable forever.

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Posted by help_us_survive on 04/10/2013 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Another report of Exxon overreach in oil spill…
What are the human health risks of exposure to tar sands oil, diluents and dilbit? by Dr Riki Ott, marine toxicologist, with first hand experience of Kalamazoo and BP disasters. Dr Ott will be in the Mayflower area 4/21. Everyone needs to hear what she tells you. 18 out of 50 residents of an unevacuated trailer park near the 2010 Kalamazoo rupture are now dead.
Common symptoms of exposure to conventional crude oil spills are well known and established within the medical community and include respiratory problems, central
nervous system dysfunction, blood disorders, and skin problems. Unfortunately, a body only has so many ways to say it's ill and the symptoms for chemical illnesses mimic
those for colds/flu, asthma, bronchitis, COPD, bad headaches, vertigo, dizziness, tingling feet and hands, fatigue, general malaise, immune suppression (sick all the
time), bad looking skin rashes like MRSA, peeling palms and soles of feet (for people walking barefoot), ear and nose bleeds (gushers), bleeding hemorrhoids, and more.
Tar sands oil is concentrated with heavy hydrocarbons, known as Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) or more commonly as ultrafine particles. Exposure to PAHs can
cause the health issues listed above (and also listed as compensable injury on BP medical benefits settlement) -- and similar injury in wildlife.
The diluents are industrial solvents, containing petroleum distillates and other toxic chemicals that that target and harm the same organs of the body as PAHs/oil--the
respiratory system, central nervous system, skin, and blood. This means the body takes a double hit of toxic chemicals. Diluents contain chemicals that are teratogens
(disturb development of or kill babies in the womb), carcinogens, mutagens, systemic poisons, and cause hemolysis (rupture of blood cells). Some people are more
vulnerable than others to dilbit, especially children, pregnant women, elderly, African Americans, and those with pre-existing illnesses. Diluents are industrial solvents
and degreasers, like dispersants, that act as an oil delivery mechanism, pulling oil into the body. The emerging science from the BP Gulf disaster is finding that
chemically-dispersed oil is more toxic than oil alone to wildlife and humans.
Since tar sands oil is concentrated with PAHs and VOCs/diluents, dilbit is far more toxic to humans and animals (wild and domestic) than conventional oil. The oil
industry (and government) are trying to downplay the human health risks of exposure to tar sands and/or dilbit because this is extremely politically inconvenient
information. It nonetheless is extremely dangerous.

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Posted by help_us_survive on 04/07/2013 at 9:17 PM


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