After I mentioned that Exxon was controlling the airspace above the Arkansas spill, I got a fiery Ask accusing me of spreading conspiracy theories because only the FAA controlled airspace. My mistake: the FAA is controlling the airspace above the spill, per Exxon’s request.
So what is happening is that a major corporation—that does not own all of Mayflower, Arkansas, that can not own all of Mayflower, Arkansas, because there are pictures posted by people who live in neighborhoods full of oil, which means that the people who live there lawfully own the land—is threatening to have reporters arrested for “trespassing” on land when Exxon does not own the land, when it would be the decision of the people who do own the land they are living on about whether or not the reporters would be allowed to stand on it and report from it.
So what’s happening, is that a major corporation is just openly strong-arming our country’s laws into working for it. Blatantly.
Just so we’re clear on that.
So, there are two interesting things here…one, does this mean that when oil is spilled the areas it spreads to become temporary exxon property? Which frankly is something I can imagine being the case, because it sounds insane.
Secondly, how shitty of a reporter do you have to be to do what Exxon is telling you…like, if I were a reporter I’d write a story about this, then get arrested, go to jail, and write about that too, then get bailed out, and go back.