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Backyard tar sands: Attention to Mayflower continues

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Attorney General Dustin McDaniel distributed this photo of the site of the pipeline break that gushed heavy crude from Canadian tar sands into a Mayflower subdivision. Ever wonder what's under your house?

Meanwhile, the National Wildlife Federation has a detailed report from the scene and it's fully of cautionary words, particularly about damage to wetlands and the threat of oil reaching a cove that could feed into Lake Conway, a popular fishing spot.

The sight of the heavily oiled marsh was a tragic reminder that cleaning 100% of this thick, sticky tar sands oil will likely be impossible — the impacts will be felt for months and possibly years to come.

Good pictures available, too, at Greenpeace. They include the aerial shot below.

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McDaniel told reporters after his inspection that his head ached from the fumes. Gov. Mike Beebe also made a visit. He said residents deserve "straight answers" on when they can return to the 21 homes evacuated on account of the gusher. Maybe he should just call U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin for assurances. Pipelines are not environmental problems, Griffin has assured us.

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