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LTX Donating Member (400 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-06-10 03:16 PM
Response to Reply #158
168. Huh?
No one said that 75% of the Gulf spill evaporated (though that is the false impression left by the o/p). Current estimates are that about 25% of the spill remains in open water or on the shoreline, and that about 75% has been effectively dealt with by capture, burning, skimming, evaporation, dissolution or dispersion. Evaporation estimates range from 25% of the total (on the conservative side) to 40% of the total (on the, in my opinion, improbably high side).

As for no one attacking the Gulf coast, you obviously haven't been following these threads lately. Let's just say that there is a contingent here for whom statements such as the following are routine:

"the harm has already been done and cannot ever be repaired, not by you, not by BP, not by the government, not even by God"

"yeah while people on the gulf contract cancers , and many life treatening diseases . . . while toxic fish get into our food chain for all to share the cancers and diseases"

The Gulf, "once contaminated, will never be the same in any of our lifetimes."


I live and work on the Gulf coast, and we are battling an image fostered daily in the press and on the internet that we are a toxic wasteland down here, and that Gulf restaurants, seafood, resorts, cities, beaches, and fishing grounds should be shunned. And if you don't think that this regularly spouted slander has had an impact, come on down and see for yourself.
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