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Exxon Gets No-Fly Zone over Oil Spill
Posted - 4/4/2013 10:37:25 AM | show profile | flag this post
What happened to free press? Since when does a corporation have the authority to direct/suspend air traffic?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has had a "no fly zone" in place in Mayflower, Arkansas since April 1 at 2:12 PM 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 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette revealed that the FAA site noted earlier today that "only relief aircraft operations under direction of Tom Suhrhoff" were allowed within the designated no fly zone.
Suhrhoff is not an FAA employee: he works for ExxonMobil as an "Aviation Advisor" and formerly worked as a U.S. Army pilot for 24 years, according to his LinkedIn page.
Sorry for lack of links, but it doesn't look like many are covering this story. If you find any other pertinent MSM links, I'd love to see them.
Posted - 4/4/2013 12:32:39 PM | show profile | flag this post
If you google FAA and mayflower you get over 2300 articles on google news' including CBS and NBC. The first reports came from the local Arkansas paper ... Yes, mainstream, corporate, journalism.
The spill itself has gotten world wide mainstream media coverage. And if Exxon's strategy is to prevent images of the spill from getting out there, they are going a horrible job ... Aerial video and AP / reuters stills are already out there ... Greelpeace even has people on the ground.
Frankly, if you hear about it, the chances are the information came from what most people would call a mainstream news source. Blogs are invaluable in bringing it to people attention (certainly specific audiences particularly interested in a subject), and pushing viral buttons. ... But credit where credit is due. Blogs are not doing the shoe leather reportage.
And in this case, there was nothing to hide. The FAA itself put the information out publicly in a release.
It is getting kind of tiring to constantly have single, and narrow, interests bitching and whining about The Media, not because the reportage is missing, but because other people just don't share the single, narrow, interest.
Ya know what? The vast majority of people don't care about the FAA edict. It doesn't effect them. they have more important things to do in their lives.
Just like you probably haven't given a second thought to say, protests in Palestine today, or a murder in LA, or Chinese working conditions, or whatever.
Hey! Why isn't everyone paying attention to those stories!?
Guess what? 70-thousand Syrian have been killed over two years, and over a million refugees have fled their homes.
Now why isn't anybody doing anything about THAT?
Becuase people don't care. They have their own interests and concerns.
That's not a problem. That simple reality.
Deal with it. And stop whining.
Posted - 4/4/2013 12:56:41 PM | show profile | flag this post
Oh, and it now seem News orgs are exempt...
The FAS regs are:
c. Section 91.137(a)(3). Restrictions issued in accordance with this section prohibit all aircraft from operating in the designated area unless at least one of the following conditions is met:
4. The aircraft is carrying properly accredited news representatives and, prior to entering that area, a flight plan is filed with FSS or the ATC facility specified in the NOTAM. Flight plans must include aircraft identification, type, and color; radio frequencies to be used; proposed times of entry to and exit from the TFR area; the name of news media or organization and purpose of flight.
Others note the nofly has a 1000ft ceiling. ... Ya know those car chases the news copters always film? They're mostly above 1000ft to keep out of law enforcement copters way. ..... So there's nothing Exxon can do above that height.
Posted - 4/4/2013 2:12:51 PM | show profile | flag this post
I heard about this...
It's gotten a ton of coverage.
Posted - 4/4/2013 7:13:43 PM | show profile | flag this post
i'm starting to wonder if beenthere supports himself..
by keeping cruiztwit's basement clean..
he doesn't seem to knows a damned thing about journalists, and how we operate..