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Monday, March 16, 2009

Flashback Monday: Reston, the Superfund site

This week, we pull on our wool-knit caps and crank up the Nirvana as we go back in time to 1993. Sing along, kids!

Come and listen to a story about a man named Bob
A poor real estate developer, barely kept his community mauve,
Then one day he was filing some DRB paperwork dude,
And up through the ground came a bubblin crude.
Oil that is... black gold, Texas tea.
Okay, so maybe "Bob" and "mauve" are more of a half-rhyme. But Reston did get a visit from our pals at the EPA after an oil pipeline behind the Reston Hospital Center ruptured, shooting a 100-foot-high plume of oil into the air.
On March 28, 1993, a rupture occurred in an oil pipeline in Fairfax County Virginia, sending a 100-foot plume of fuel oil into the air. The high-pressure pipeline, owned by the Colonial Pipeline Company, released over 400,000 gallons of oil to the environment before it could be shut down and fully drained. The rupture resulted in one of the largest inland oil spills in recent history, the oil affected nine miles of the nearby Sugarland Run Creek as well as the Potomac River.
Somewhere that same day, Dick Cheney's mouth started involuntarily watering. It hasn't stopped since.

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