Today activists with the group Tar Sands Blockade posted video which shows oil from the pipeline spill intentionally diverted into a wetland to keep it out of sight of the media.
The activists were turned away by police and Exxon cleanup workers but were able to sneak in Saturday evening and take some photos and video of the area.
As for whether or not the oil has reached nearby Lake Conway, on March 31 Exxon sent this letter to residents of the area:
That assertion stands in stark contrast with Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's statement on April 5 that "...of course there is oil in Lake Conway."
In an effort to clean up the oil from Lake Conway's wetlands, Exxon has put down thousands of absorbent pads--which activists said appeared to be "nothing more than paper towels."
In addition the air restrictions, at least one reporter has been threatened with arrest by Exxon officials for trying to interview an EPA representative at the cleanup command center.
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