Pegasus Pipeline Spill

Aired:  04/04/13 Views: 908

For legal and tax reasons, the black, sticky stuff that surged through an Arkansas suburb isn't classified as oil; it's "diluted bitumen." (3:41)

[CROWD CHANTING "STEPHEN!"]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO

THE REPORT.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I APPRECIATE IT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I WANT TO

THANK YOU.

THAT SAY WARM N WELCOME, THE

KIND WE WOULD GIVE ANY VISITOR

FROM BUFFALO.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHO WANTED TO COME DOWN HERE.

WE DON'T BITE MUCH.

[ LAUGHTER ]

NATION, THERE ARE REASONS FOR

SOME PEOPLE TO BE AFRAID AND

SOME PEOPLE TO IF YOU AROUS AND

I'M ONE OF THEM.

I COULDN'T BE MORE UPSET IF

SOMEBODY PAID ME TO BE ANGRY

WHICH THEY DO.

[LAUGHTER]

AS YOU KNOW, NORMALLY, I DON'T

CARE MUCH FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:

IF IT'S THAT IMPORTANT TO

PROTECT IT, WHY ISN'T IT

SCOTCHGARDED?

[LAUGHTER]

BUT THEN THIS HAPPENED.

>> MAJOR CLEANUP IS UNDERWAY

AFTER AN OIL SPILL IN A SMALL

COMMUNITY IN ARKANSAS.

THE EXXON PIPELINE WAS CARRYING

CANADIAN CRUDE OIL.

>> Stephen: FOLKS, OUR WORST

NIGHTMARE HAS COME TRUE: WE'VE

BEEN HIT BY A MASSIVE CANADA

SPILL.

[LAUGHTER]

WE STILL HAVEN'T RECOVERED FROM

THE LAST ONE WHEN CELINE DION

SPILLED ALL OVER LAS VEGAS.

[LAUGHTER]

IT'S BEEN TEN YEARS AND WE STILL

CAN'T GET THE WHITE LEATHER

PANTS OUT.

[LAUGHTER]

AND THIS SPILL, FROM WHAT'S

CALLED "THE PEGASUS PIPELINE",

WASN'T THE SAFE KIND THAT OCCURS

IN THE PRISTINE, IGNORABLE

WILDERNESS.

JIM?

>> CRUDE OIL SPEWED OUT OF THE

EXXONMOBIL PIPELINE COILING ITS

WAY THROUGH A SUBURBAN

NEIGHBORHOOD.

>> Stephen: YES, THE SUBURBS.

SO THIS TIME CLEAN-UP CREWS

WON'T BE SCRUBBING DOWN

OIL-SOAKED SEALS, WE'LL BE

SCRUBBING DOWN OIL-SOAKED NEILS.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT NONE OF THAT IS WHAT BOTHERS

ME.

MY PROBLEM IS THIS SPILL GIVES

FUEL TO ENVIRONMENTALISTS.

>> PEGASUS IS A PIPELINE WITH A

10TH OF THE CAPACITY OF KEYSTONE

XL.

YOU BUILD KEYSTONE XL, YOU HAVE

A MORE SIGNIFICANT -- A 10 TIMES

MORE SIGNIFICANT RISK IF THERE

IS A SPILL.

>> THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF

WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF THE

KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE IS

PERMITTED AND BUILT.

>> THE DANGERS ARE ANALOGOUS.

>> Stephen: ANALOGOUS ARE THEY?

LET ME TELL YOU HOW I FEEL ABOUT

THAT.

LET'S SEE.

POSSESSING CORRESPONDING

QUALITIES.

SIMILAR TO.

I DISAGREE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

I THINK THESE CRITICS ARE JUST

BEING ANAPHYLACTIC.

[LAUGHTER]

LOOK IT UP.

I DON'T KNOW WHY PEOPLE ARE

WORRIED ABOUT AN OIL SPILL FROM

THIS PEGASUS PIPELINE, OR FROM

THE KEYSTONE XL.

AN OIL SPILL FOR NEVER HAPPEN.

BECAUSE FOR LEGAL AND TAX

REASONS, THE BLACK, STICKY STUFF

IN BOTH PIPELINES ISN'T

CLASSIFIED AS OIL, IT'S DILUTED

BITUMEN.

[LAUGHTER]

SO GOOD NEWS, ARKANSAS!

YOU DON'T HAVE AN OIL SPILL, YOU

HAVE A BITUMEN SPILL!

[LAUGHTER]

IT'S MERELY A COMBINATION OF

HEAVY CRUDE AND SAND MIXED WITH

LIGHT HYDROCARBONS THAT'S

DIFFICULT TO CLEAN UP BECAUSE IT

SINKS IN WATER.

SEE?

OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND, AND

INTO THE DRINKING SUPPLY.

[LAUGHTER]

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