Thursday, February 02, 2006

Which Is Worse?

Does anyone remember reading all of the stories about one of the worst oil spills in the history of the Gulf of Mexico? It took place in November 2005. I don't remember it either, but 3 million gallons of oil were spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.

Which is why I don't understand why a 250 gallon spill in Alaska is getting so much attention. UPDATE: Tesoro Reports Approximately Five Barrels Released When Tanker Struck by Ice Floe in Alaska.

While a Huge Gulf oil spill blamed on Rita got almost no attention.
A double-hulled tanker barge now drained and floating upside down at a dock off Mobile Bay was responsible for what appears to be one of the Gulf of Mexico's largest oil spills, which received scant attention when it occurred in the early morning of Nov. 11. A gash in the hull 35 feet long and 6 feet wide released up to 3 million gallons of oil off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas.
The ship collided with an submerged oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. It is only marked with red floating buoys - not lighted and impossible to see at night. And it isn't the only obstruction still floating around out there after last year's hurricane season.

Is it just me? Did I miss the stories on the Gulf oil spill because I was so focused on the SCOTUS nominations? Or did the media - for whatever reason - decide it wasn't that interesting or important enough to cover.

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