There's never a good time for an oil spill but the spate of accidents involving transported crude oil couldn't be less timely.
Americans are furrowing their brows at Canada after a six-decade-old ExxonMobil Corp. underground pipeline ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas on March 29, spilling at least 12,000 barrels of Canadian heavy crude and water into the town's back yards.
The breach of the Pegasus pipeline that runs between Texas and Illinois seemed to reinforce environmentalists' argument that this is what could happen if President Barack Obama approved construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
"The line break in Arkansas may provide a real-world test of a hotly contested issue: Is tar sands oil more corrosive and damaging than other types of crude?" National Geographic suggested in an article this week.
Opponents of oil sands development in Alberta and Saskatchewan believe they canRead More »from Oil spills from pipelines and tanker trains put risks in spotlight as new projects await approval