The environmental impacts of an oil spill in central Arkansas began to come into focus Monday as officials said a couple of dead ducks and 10 live oily birds were found after an ExxonMobil Corp. pipeline ruptured last week.

…the air smells like oil, and area residents say it has for days.

"We live five miles out in the country and we’ve had the smell out there," Karen Lewis, 54, said outside a local grocery store. Its parking lot, like much of this small city, is teeming with cleanup crews and their trucks.

Meanwhile, in the neighborhood where the pipeline burst, workers in yellow suits waded in an oil-soaked lawn Monday as they tried to clean up part of the area where the spill began.

The pipeline that ruptured dates back to the 1940s, according to ExxonMobil, and is part of the Pegasus pipeline that carries crude oil from the Midwest to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico….

"Crude oil is crude oil," Dodson said. "None of it is real good to touch."

Ecuador auctions off Amazon to Chinese oil firms

Indigenous groups claim they have not consented to oil projects, as politicians visit Beijing to publicise bidding process

Jonathan Kaiman in Beijing The Guardian, Tuesday 26 March 2013 17.16 GMT

Ecuador plans to auction off more than three million hectares of pristine Amazonian rainforest to Chinese oil companies, angering indigenous groups and underlining the global environmental toll of China's insatiable thirst for energy.

On Monday morning a group of Ecuadorean politicians pitched bidding contracts to representatives of Chinese oil companies at a Hilton hotel in central Beijing, on the fourth leg of a roadshow to publicise the bidding process. Previous meetings in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, and in Houston and Paris were each confronted with protests by indigenous groups.

Attending the roadshow were black-suited representatives from oil companies including China Petrochemical and China National Offshore Oil. “Ecuador is willing to establish a relationship of mutual benefit – a win-win relationship,” said Ecuador’s ambassador to China in opening remarks.

According to the California-based NGO Amazon Watch, seven indigenous groups who inhabit the land claim that they have not consented to oil projects, which would devastate the area’s environment and threaten their traditional way of life.

We have to wake up to the crazy decisions that this government’s making to change the world in a negative way.

Chief Reuben George, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation

First Nations say they will fight oilsands, pipeline

Minister of Natural Resources says pipeline projects are in First Nations’ economic interest

The Canadian Press

Posted: Mar 20, 2013 9:24 AM E

In this June 3, 2010 file photo, a bird is seen on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast after being drenched in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government’s point man on the disaster, said Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, BP’s well “is effectively dead.” A permanent cement plug sealed BP’s well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five agonizing months after an explosion sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. (Charlie Riedel, AP)

Officials are claiming the oily residue is "natural" - First Nations know otherwise

Despite the lack of a leak source and the officials’ findings, Chief Adam is not convinced and wants answers.

"I really don’t know what it’s from. I really can’t determine anything at this point in time," he said. "But I guarantee you, somewhere down that, somewhere along that corridor there has been a breach and [an] oil, petroleum product is making its way to the Athabasca River.”

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/oily-sheen-on-athabasca-river-concerns-first-nation-officials-claim-natural-causes-1.1357851#ixzz2YZ9BaJaZ

Moving oil is a dirty business, and never has that been more clear than this past month. In the past 30 days the global oil industry has had 13 spills on three continents. And it’s not just pipeline leaks; oil has spilled offshore and on, at train derailments and during routine maintenance. In North and South America alone, they’ve spilled more than a million gallons of oil and toxic chemicals — enough to fill two Olympic-sized swimming pools.

How bad has it been? Here’s an infographic I made of all the oil spills, leaks and transport derailments in the past 30 days. ~ Heather Libby

Crosses with descriptions of fish, wildlife and memories Crosses with descriptions of fish, wildlife and summer pastimes are displayed in a front yard of a home in Grand Isle, Louisiana, June 14, 2010, of things potentially lost to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Gulf Coast Battles Continued Spread Of Oil In Its Waters And Coastline GULFPORT, MS - JULY 1: Thick oil is seen washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on July 1, 2010 in Gulfport, Mississippi. Millions of gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf since the April 20 explosion on the drilling platform. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)