What I find fascinating about the story is that it occurred almost two weeks ago, it is still actively happening, it's seriously substantive, and yet I haven't seen it even mentioned on television, nor pretty much anywhere. The story is a major -- indeed, massive -- oil spill off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico.
Indeed, it's considered the biggest oil spill since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill by BP. Fortunately, it doesn't appear to have the utter disastrous ecological devastation as that spill seven years ago, though given the size and impact of the BP catastrophe, that's small comfort.
Newsweek wrote about it a week ago -- and good for them -- but I haven't seen anything about it in headlines anywhere and certainly nothing since on TV nor tweeted by Trump. At that time, last Tuesday, 320,000 gallon of oil had spilled into the Gulf from a rig operated by LLOG Exploration Co., and the cause was unknown. As of a couple days ago, after doing an online search to find out something, it turns out that the Coast Guard has reported that more oil has leaked into the Gulf than initially believed, and the figure is up to 700,000 gallons.
Did you know about this disastrous oil spill? Me, I had no idea. None.
By the way, I didn't find that updated information from any major news source (and of course nothing from Tweet Land), but rather the mighty The Martime Executive website.
I understand that Trump being cold-hearted to a Gold Star war widow deserves coverage, as does his Chief of Staff lying about a U.S. Congresswoman who's involved. They deserve coverage, and a lot of it -- and I mean that, in all seriousness.
But folks -- nothing?? Remember the wall-to-wall coverage of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill? This isn't quite as bad as that...but it's massive, and the biggest since.
It'd be quite nice to know what the government's plans are to cap the ongoing spillage and what clean-up effort there is, now.
Here's the Newsweek story from a week ago.
And this is an update written on Friday from The Maritime Executive website..
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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