Pipeline Problems | Unfilter 45

Pipeline Problems | Unfilter 45

22 homes were evacuated in the state of Arkansas after a portion of an oil pipeline burst leaving tar sand crude oil oozing through the streets. This comes at a critical time for the decision to move ahead with the Keystone XL pipeline.

Then it was once steaming ahead by capitalizing on shocking tragedies, but now the gun debate has faltered in America. We’ll dig into the state of gun control.

Plus a look at the Great British class calculator, Pot bar crackdowns, your feedback, and much much more.

On this week’s episode of, Unfilter.

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Report to Class

People in the UK now fit into seven social classes, a major survey conducted by the BBC suggests.

It says the traditional categories of working, middle and upper class are outdated, fitting 39% of people.

It found a new model of seven social classes ranging from the elite at the top to a \”precariat\” – the poor, precarious proletariat – at the bottom.

More than 161,000 people took part in the Great British Class Survey, the largest study of class in the UK.

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Arkansas Oil Spill

On Friday, 22 homes were evacuated in a community in the state of Arkansas after a portion of an ExxonMobil pipeline burst leaving nearly 10,000 barrels of tar sand crude oil oozing through the streets. Critics of the Keystone XL pipeline say that cases like this will only multiply once the controversial channel is built.

Residents of Mayflower, Arkansas found pools of crude filling their lawns this weekend

People living in a small community near Little Rock, Ark., are being forced from their home and may not come back for weeks after an oil pipeline ruptured. Manuel Bojorquez reports.

Environmental groups said the rupture of the Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) pipe on March 29 in Mayflower, Arkansas, shows why Obama should reject Keystone, which would be a major new conduit between the U.S. and Canada for a type of fuel critics say is more corrosive than more conventional forms of oil.

While states with the most pipeline mileage — like Texas,California, and Louisiana — also have the most incidents, breaks occur throughout the far-flung network of pipelines. Winding under city streets and countryside, these lines stay invisible most of the time. Until they fail.

Since 1986, pipeline accidents have killed more than 500 people, injured over 4,000, and cost nearly seven billion dollars in property damages. Using government data, ProPublica has mapped thousands of these
incidents in a new interactive news application [9], which provides
detailed information about the cause and costs of reported incidents going back
nearly three decades.

Tightly controlled by ExxonMobil, which was responsible for the spill, access to even the parking lot is not permitted. A security guard now stops anyone without a red lanyard and ID badge from passing into the gated compound.

A 1980 law ensures that diluted bitumen is not classified as oil, and companies transporting it in pipelines do not have to pay into the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. Other conventional crude producers pay 8 cents a barrel to ensure the fund has resources to help clean up some of the 54,000 barrels of pipeline oil that spilled 364 times last year.

Answering RT\’s detailed questions, ExxonMobil stated they are
paying for all costs related to the spill. However, the company
didn\’t reveal how much it contributes to the OSLTF, or the value of
the company\’s crude which is not taxed by the law.

Exxon Mobil will pay all of the costs related to last week\’s oil spill in an Arkansas neighborhood, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

Between 3,500 and 5,000 barrels of heavy crude leaked from a ruptured pipeline — not 12,000 barrels, as previously reported, according to Exxon Mobil spokesman Alan Jeffers.

Gun Debate DOA?

Colorado prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the man charged with killing 12 moviegoers during a showing of the Batman film \”The Dark Knight Rises\” last year.

The 225-page National School Shield report isn\’t offering specific recommendations for how many armed staff each school should have or the types of guns those people should carry — though Hutchinson said the firearms could range from \”sidearms, to shotguns, to AR-15s.\”

The timing of the release is no coincidence. It comes as the gun control/safety debate continues to heat up in the Senate, where lawmakers are at work on a deal that would expand background checks. While the NRA plan is likely to garner a lot of attention given the lobby\’s position in the national gun conversation

Border Drones

EPIC recently launched a petition asking the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection to limit the use of unmanned aircraft for purposes of patrolling the border. Other groups speaking out against the use of drones include the American Civil Liberties Union [PDF] and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

\”National Anti-Drone Days of Action\” from April 4 through 7 in San Diego start a month of protests across the United States against the policy and practice of drone warfare and secret surveillance.

WA Pot Bars Cross the Line

Washington officials say it\’s not OK for bars to allow marijuana use, and they\’ll take quick steps to address that.

The announcement from the state Liquor Control Board on Wednesday followed a recent Associated Press report about establishments in Olympia and Tacoma that allow people to consume marijuana on-site.

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