On March 29, 2013, a pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas ruptured, spilling tar sands oil throughout the streets. The heavy bitumen soaked into the soil and made its way into local waterways. Six weeks later, ExxonMobil is not making much headway in cleaning up the spill.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their report on the amount needed to repair the nation’s water infrastructure. They found that $384 billion would be necessary to repair and replace the aging infrastructure for the treatment, storage, transportation, and distribution of drinking water over the next twenty years.