Gulf oil spill update: 96 percent of federal waters now open


Los Angeles Times photo by Carolyn Cole / May 17, 2010
The oil spill. Where did it go?

Hey, wait a minute. How did this happen--without our noticing? I thought this was supposed to be an environmental disaster of unimaginably historic proportions.

Funny how this news doesn't get reported. If anyone's interested, here's the press release. An excerpt:

The total area reopened today is about 3 percent of federal waters in
the Gulf of Mexico and 22 percent of the current closed area, as last
modified on October 15. No oil or sheen has been documented in the area
since July 19. At its closest point, the area to be reopened is about
60 miles east of the Deepwater Horizon BP wellhead.

Undoubtedly, the oil sheens and underwater oil columns so fiercely reported a couple of months ago snuck around the Florida Keys and now are threatening Nova Scotia.

Not to end on a sarcastic note, how about a round of applause for the people who stuck with the job and now are successfully completing it? Apparently without much media notice.  

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