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More Oil Spills Along USA Coastline

As the largest oil spill in Australian history continues uncontained two months after it began, new oil spills along the coasts of the United States of America are providing further warnings about the consequences of expanding offshore drilling.

In South Carolina, the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control will be conducting a review of an oil spill today that could result in a shutdown of shellfish collection near Charleston. Reports came in yesterday of oil floating on the water in Charleston Bay and washing up on area beaches. The source of the oil spill is not yet known.

In the Gulf of Mexico, near Galveston, an estimated 18,000 gallons of oil have been spilled into the water as a result of oil tanker traffic. An oil tanker collided this morning with another ship running supplies to an offshore drilling platform.

These spills come on the same day that Kevin Obermeyer, CEO of the Pacific Pilotage Authority, told concerned residents of British Columbia that there’s no chance that an oil spill could result from new tanker traffic there, where a new oil terminal is being proposed The Northern Sentinel reports,

“He said the chance of a potential oil spill here in the future is nil. “There should never be an incident,” he said, adding that the level of safety associated with an oil tanker is very reassuring.”

Does the tanker collision in the Gulf of Mexico leave you feeling reassured?

6 thoughts on “More Oil Spills Along USA Coastline”

  1. Tom says:

    If animals, birds or fish could communicate:
    It’s those ugly humans again trashing every part of the environment – they foul the air with pollution from smokestacks, transportation devices and smoke of all kinds, they poison the oceans with trash (The Great Pacific Garbage Pile), oil and other toxins, and simply destroy the land they inhabit by grinding up trees for space to live in, using huge swaths of land for waste dumps, spill their poisons into the groundwater (never thinking it’ll come back to haunt them) and are constantly blowing each other up. WTF?

  2. ramone says:

    can’t talk now, michael jackson’s new movie is coming out.
    early reviews: all channels.

  3. ramone says:

    green man,
    i hope you don’t feel i’m being too facetious. this is obviously a serious topic. my point (repeatedly) is that there is absolutly no mainsrteam coverage of the oil industry’s maleasance.
    and a little humor at the media’s expense never hurts. 🙂

  4. ramone says:

    where is the spell-check on this rig?

    1. Jim says:

      You! I’ve always wondered, if you catch it yourself, is it really an error? 🙂

  5. Mike MacDonad says:

    Obviously, another spin from the brain-dead ‘free market’ crowd whose inability to see the forest for the trees is legendary.

    We need more exposes like yours. Check out NOAA’s list of 32 spills in the U.S. so far this year, & surely more to come.

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