I love the liberal reaction: "This must be happening everywhere! I bet I'm walking in it right now and don't know it!" Come on. It happens once and it is news because it is so rare.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Here is a wiki that describes a pipeline 'leak' in a river in our area.
Enbridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As I understand it one monitors the amount of 'oil' that goes through one station and it should be the amount that reaches the next. My understanding, which is not accurately listed in Wiki is that the line burst. The line actually split over a short period of time, I recall that it was a few days. It was allowed to 'leak' for some time. They are still cleaning it up. It will never be really cleaned up, but the river will take the remaining oil to the lake, so no problem.