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Stockman of Texas opines "the best thing about earth is if you poke a hole in it, oil and gas comes out."
ExxonMobil, the corporate behemoth, sponsors TV ads which advise "all it takes is the idea." So, when one of their pipelines explodes and oil gushes into people's yards, whom do they call? It looks like they expect Bounty™, the quicker picker upper, to do the job.
Do these entities have something in common? I'd say they are both impractical. But then, that seems to be a widely shared characteristic of the EuroAmerican culture -- exceptional in being extractive, rather than interactive.

It is increasingly obvious that the U.S. economy has been and continues to be run by the ex-men. ExxonMobil can be their poster-child. First, the ex-men

explore
extract
exhaust
extinguish
exterminate
extort
exact
execute
except

and then, when they are done, they become mobile and move on. It's the instinct of the predator or the herder writ large. To take free goods from Mother Nature to market for a profit is the essence of the "free market." It's lucky the corporate behemoth is bloated with dollars, figments of the imagination. Something more substantial would have caused it to explode, like the pipeline, by now.

Predators are not into replacement, repair, revenue, restoration or recompense. They have no more sense of the meaning of 're' than of 'ex,' though they refer to themselves as re-publicans. Predators are not responsive. If predatory humans use language, it is largely meaningless, like the mockingbird echoing other birds because it has no song of its own.

The Pegasus Pipeline runs from Illinois to Texas and as ExxonMobil explains

Pegasus system-Patoka to US Gulf Coast

The recently expanded Pegasus pipeline provides PADD II connectivity to US Gulf Coast markets.  Receipts at Patoka are from the Mustang, Woodpat and Capline pipelines with delivery to the Sunoco Logistics Nederland terminal.  The Sunoco terminal provides access to various Houston area refiners, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Cushing, East Texas, Lake Charles and export marine facilities.

but "expanded" is probably another misunderstood word. It implies that the line was made larger which would, in turn, suggest it has been rebuilt. What seems to have happened in actuallity is that a greater volume of goop has been pumped through at a greater rate, increasing the pressure on the pipe and causing it to explode. The result is a gusher, not a trickle. A gusher of goop.

The best thing about ExxonMobil is that when one brings suit, there's billions and billions of dollars to extract.

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