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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-06-10 07:10 PM
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216. The point of the OP is that oil just does not disappear that fast.
First, the volatiles that evaporated may have an effect on the health of people in the Gulf that will not be manifest for many years.

Second, while the people of the Gulf and, perhaps even BP, have diligently tried to retrieve as much of the heavier portions of the crude and other chemicals spouting from the leak(s), there is, necessarily, still a huge amount left in the Gulf

The damage from the Exxon-Valdez remained for years and some traces of it may still be there. As the OP points out, if you ever spill oil on cement (and it does not contain some of the very heaviest parts of the crude oil), you will learn that it does not just disappear. You have to fully remove it. You can look at some of the toxic waste sites around old filling stations. The clean-up of those sites is a huge job if it can be adequately done at all.

Third, the oil in the Gulf has not disappeared, it is simply spreading out. The problem in the future is likely to be that patches oil suddenly appears where it was not previously seen. There will be contamination of seafood and fish -- but you won't be warned of it.

The Gulf will look great, but the poisons will still be there in unexpected places and quietly do their damage. Some seafood, some fish will be perfectly safe, but some won't. We either have to find a way to test the seafood and fish from the Gulf or avoid eating any of it because some of it will not be safe. This is my opinion.
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