Why Does Exxon Control the No-Fly Zone Over Arkansas Tar Sands Spill?

What happened to freedom of the press?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has had a "no fly zone" in place in Mayflower, Arkansas since April... and will be in place " until further notice," according to the FAA website and it's  being overseen by ExxonMobil itself. In other words, any media or independent observers who want to witness the tar sands spill disaster have to ask Exxon's permission.

The rules of engagement for the no fly zone dictate that  no aircraft can fly within 1,000 feet of the ground in the five-mil... surrounding the  ExxonMobil Pegasus tar sands pipeline spill. The area located within this radius includes the nearby  Pine Village Airport.

This also means press is prohibited from the area, though Lunsford told  Dow Jonesthat the FAA "is in the process of amending the restriction to allow news media aircraft into the area."

When will news media be allowed back into the designated no fly zone area?

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Our Unelected corporate government at work.

Hit the link for Jill Klausen's excellent article about the importance of framing.

Related: "The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning." (Mark Twain, who credited Josh Billings with the idea)

Journalists are threatened with arrest, prevented from covering the spill.

Reporters Say Exxon Is Impeding Spill Coverage in Arkansas


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