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Political Rhetoric Gushes Following Mayflower Oil Spill

Political actions groups are using the ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower as a springboard to debate eminent domain and the proposed Keystone pipeline.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Political actions groups are using the ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower as a springboard to debate eminent domain and the proposed Keystone pipeline. 

Occupy Arkansas has already targeted Arkansas congressman Tim Griffin's support of the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would carry crude oil from Canada's tar sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Environmentalists fear the crude would be corrosive to the pipelines leading to potential oil spills.

"Whether it's the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, or ... (the) mess in Arkansas, Americans are realizing that transporting large amounts of this corrosive and polluting fuel is a bad deal for American taxpayers and for our environment," Representative Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat told Yahoo News!

Supporters of the pipeline say bringing in the crude from Canada will drive down fuels costs in the United States and create jobs. On his campaign website, Griffin, a Republican, argues "approval of the Keystone XL pipeline is one of biggest no-brainers I have seen since being elected to Congress. The pipeline would provide a big dose of shovel-ready jobs and energy independence – now."

Griffin visited the spill site shortly after the accident occurred. He tweeted, "thoughts and prayers with Mayflower families whose Easter weekend has been disrupted by spill."

An image attacking Republican Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert is circulating social media following the spill. The picture shows Rapert standing outside the oil spill and includes the text, "that awkward moment when you show up for a photo op at a burst pipeline in your district hoping no one remembers you're a co-sponsor of HB1042. Proposed AR legislation allowing private oil companies to seize citizens lands via eminent domain." The image circulated by Occupy Arkansas has been shared more than 500 times.

Rapert replied to the post via his Twitter account. "You have the unfortunate inability to read legislation properly - HB1042 is to enhance landowner rights," tweeted Rapert to the account @GFLakeGasWatch. "It's an even more awkward moment when someone doesn't understand how to read legislation and misrepresents it."

You can click here to read HB1042.

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