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Arkansas Oil Spill Diverted Into Wetlands, Exxon in Charge of No-Fly Zone (Video)

Tar Sands Blockade, an activist group, uploaded a video (below) on Sunday showing oil from the Mayflower, Arkansas, pipeline rupture being diverted from a neighborhood into a wetland area to possibly keep it out of sight.

Exxon is cleaning neighborhood pavements with power washing devices, which may be intentionally or unintentionally redirecting the oil to the wetlands and thus damaging the environment.

Tar Sands Blockade activists also interviewed a resident who said oil was “flowing” into a nearby lake since the spill.

A letter sent by ExxonMobil to Mayflower residents claims the oil did not reach the lake.

The activists were turned away from the area several times by police and Exxon spill cleanup workers, but returned on Saturday to record the oily wetlands.

Residents told the Tar Sands Blockade that they’ve been made sick by the spill.

Exxon has secured a no-fly zone over the spill area from the FAA, which actually placed an Exxon employee in charge of the no-fly zone according

The FAA said that “only relief aircraft operations under direction of Tom Suhrhoff ” are permitted in the oil spill area.

Suhrhoff is not as an emergency expert or safety official, but his LinkedIn profile lists him as  an aviation adviser for ExxonMobil.

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