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Over one month after the initial explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, crude oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico, and oil slicks have slowly reached as far as 12 miles into Louisiana's marshes. According to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, more than 65 miles of Louisiana's shoreline has now been oiled. Based on low estimates, at least 6 million gallons of crude have spewed into the Gulf so far - though some scientists have said they believe the spill already surpasses the 11 million-gallon 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska as the worst in U.S. history. (39 photos total)

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http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/oil_reaches_louisiana_shores.html

Date: 2010-05-27 07:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] starry-diadem.livejournal.com
Our dependence on mineral slime is depressing. It's more than time we invested in cleaner energy. The cost of stuff like this is more than the planet can pay.

Date: 2010-05-27 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaaresse.livejournal.com
A long time ago I read something written by a First Nations teacher that said (and I paraphrase) that just as the forests are the lungs of mother earth and the ocean is her lymph system, oil is her blood. Well, they've opened an effing jugular now, and that is not going to go without some serious repercussions from her.

There's not much that renders me speechless with anger, but this has done it.

Date: 2010-05-28 01:37 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/tesserae_/
Oh, that is heartbreaking.

Date: 2010-05-28 08:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] true-enough.livejournal.com
There's one photo about halfway down where the oil is just kind of shimmering on the surface of the water and it reminds me that even with the best of efforts there's going to be so much residual damage that will be near impossible to track much less collect. Heartbreaking. And infuriating.

Oil is just a bad product. How stupid is it to become so dependent on something that has a finite source and is extremely difficult/hazardous to acquire? I've lost track of who actually said it but we have to get off the tit. It's not like the Stone Age ended because they ran out of stones. We need to do the same.

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