CONTAMINATED: A pile of rubble was all that remained Monday after ExxonMobil demolished a home it bought in a Mayflower subdivision so it could get at tar sands deposits underneath the foundation following the pipeline break.
Conway lawyer Tom Mickel provides a copy of another lawsuit against ExxonMobil
over the pipeline break
that spewed Canadian tar sands
in a Mayflower subdivision and leaked into wetlands and a cove of Lake Conway.
It is in state court and has 64 plaintiffs from the Mayflower and Lake Conway area.
Here's the lawsuit.
It alleges negligence, creation of a nuisance, trespass and violation of solid waste law, among others. It contains a good recitation of events and pipeline operational history.
By the way: If there was ever much doubt of where establishment Conway sympathies lie when it comes to Big Oil — if the ExxonMobil-friendly operation of the so-called unified command hadn't already alerted you — it came on learning from the Democrat-Gazette
that Jamie Gates
had been engaged by ExxonMobil to be a liaison with aggrieved residents. Some liaisoning is needed, given the secrecy with which ExxonMobil sat on news about infiltration of oil beneath houses in the ground-zero subdivision. Gates is a vice president of the Conway chamber of commerce and the Conway Development Corp., the secretive power behind the curtain in Conway and a tireless cheerleader for the fracking industry, no matter now many roads it tears up or how many of its waste pits leak. He's a nice guy and will be accessible. But if residents wonder whose bidding he's doing — theirs or Big Oil — they need only follow the money. I'm surprised today's D-G account lacked the obligatory self-honoring quote from U.S. Rep. Tiny Tim Grifin.
Wasn't he shocked and dismayed to learn that t
he Exxon knew of oil beneath the homes of Mayflower residents, but didn't pass the info along, as the D-G reported? But Tim G. can't be everywhere at once. He was busy yesterday, I read elsewhere, staking out some positive attention for himself in the D-G's Big Bend rescue story.