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Remember all of those oil experts who said this wasn't a problem? That everything was under control and to please, please, please lift the moratorium so they could resume drilling? Well, they lied.....or simply didn't know what the fuck they were talking about. I'm not sure which. Either way, this is an ecological disaster which will haunt the Gulf region for years to come.

AP: BP oil not degrading on Gulf floor, study says - seattlepi.com
Tar balls washed onto Gulf of Mexico beaches by Tropical Storm Lee earlier this month show that oil left over from last year's BP spill isn't breaking down as quickly as some scientists thought it would, university researchers said Tuesday.

Auburn University experts who studied tar samples at the request of coastal leaders said the latest wave of gooey orbs and chunks appeared relatively fresh, smelled strongly and were hardly changed chemically from the weathered oil that collected on Gulf beaches during the spill.

The study concluded that mats of oil — not weathered tar, which is harder and contains fewer hydrocarbons — are still submerged on the seabed and could pose a long-term risk to coastal ecosystems.

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I always suspected this was how it really was. All the reports, post-spill, about how the oil would not be a long term problem read like a whitewash.

I mean, come on. They're still dealing with the Valdez spill in some ways. And that event was tiny, in terms of the amount of oil released, in comparison.
 
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"...and could pose a long-term risk to coastal ecosystems."

Right. "Could". So let's just keep an eye on that.

As usual, the worst just might happen. Except it almost never does! Just like religious fanatics...the end is near!!!
 

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"...and could pose a long-term risk to coastal ecosystems."

Right. "Could". So let's just keep an eye on that.

As usual, the worst just might happen. Except it almost never does! Just like religious fanatics...the end is near!!!
Birds and fish still die with regularity in Prince William Sound due to complications of exposure to oil. The Exxon spill was a fraction of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. There is a lot more evidence to believing that this will be a long term problem than there is indicating it is nothing to worry about.

The main point of this article isn't that the world will end, it is that we were told last year that the oil would be expected to dissolve relatively quickly, and that new studies show that it is isn't happening, that the oil essentially exists just as it did right after the spill.
 
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The main point of this article isn't that the world will end, it is that we were told last year that the oil would be expected to dissolve relatively quickly, and that new studies show that it is isn't happening, that the oil essentially exists just as it did right after the spill.
Agreed. It's not the end of the world, but it certainly is going to adversely affect the lives of thousands of Americans for years to come.

Lots of mistakes were made. Many due to complacency or neglect, but most due to a desire to "get'r'done" for the lowest cost.


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"...and could pose a long-term risk to coastal ecosystems."

Right. "Could". So let's just keep an eye on that.

As usual, the worst just might happen. Except it almost never does! Just like religious fanatics...the end is near!!!
Yep, and there COULD be a nucler disaster IF a tusami hit Japan, as IF THAT'S gonna' happen!
Oh wait..........er, never mind.