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LTX Donating Member (400 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-06-10 04:06 PM
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187. Of course
dissolution and dispersion don't remove the oil. I never claimed they did. They only dilute its ecological effects, while at the same time, unfortunately, spreading those effects into additional niches. However, the Gulf has a rather unique bacteriological environment, and on the optimistic side (on which I remain), dilution may be of as much or more benefit in rapid recovery as mechanical collection.

And I'm not under some illusion that "everything is hunky dory," nor have I ever claimed as much. I am, however, frustrated at the persistence of the image of the Gulf and its coast as an apocalyptic wasteland. It is fostered heedlessly, and it has played a significant role in undermining the coastal economy. You are clearly more balanced in your assesment than most, but such balance appears to be relatively rare at times.
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