by Max Brantley
It's been a little uncomfortable of late for Griffin. As the video notes, Arkansas is just one of the places where things have gone wrong with pipelines, despite Griffin's assurances that pipelines are utterly safe environmentally. He's also vouched for the responsibility of energy companies — which have supported him handsomely with campaign contributions. This caused a little embarrassment this week when ExxonMobil bean counters decided that a million or so bucks was enough to spend on the 22 Mayfower families displaced by the Canadian tar sands that flowed onto their street after the Pegasus pipeline burst. The company decided to end housing support payments. A day later, in the face of broad spread outcry, beginning with affected residents, the company relented. They could afford it. The company made $44.9 billion in its last fiscal year. At the rate it's spent so far on Mayflower and the pipeline break — about $47 million — it has almost 1,000 years to go just to spend up last year's profit.