Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cleaning Up Oil Spills

That phrase doesn't mean what you think it means. During the presidential election, I remember hearing a lot about a plan to "drill, baby, drill," and how safe our oil infrastructure is. No ecological damage would result from drilling in Alaska, they said. Just look at the Gulf Coast, they said.

That's right, the Coast Guard and Shell are cleaning up a 58,000+ gallon spill right now of the coast of Louisiana. So much for the "freedom of the press," by the way. More like the freedom to bury the story. But the Beer Summit at the White House is soon! And people still don't believe the President was born in this country! Let's not worry about crude oil spilled in our territorial waters.

If the Exxon Valdez spill happened today, the only way we would know is if it was in the background of a Sarah Palin press conference, or one of the boats from Deadliest Catch sailed into the slick.

Hell, I didn't know it until the Library Chronicles linked to the Mosquito Coast, who had to take a picture of the paper because the paper didn't put this blurb online.

This makes an estimated 338,800 gallons of petroleum products dumped into the water (that we know about) in the last 12 months. Gulf Shrimp, anyone?


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