Does this headline seem to jive with the first few paragraphs of this story?
Look at the this fourth paragraph that announces that only a quarter of the oil still remains in the gulf. Shouldn’t this be the news? Instead, the author transitions into a lamentation about the possibility of long term damage and even the short term tribulations. “The news came as a federal report indicated only about a quarter of the spilled oil remains in the Gulf and is degrading quickly, with the rest contained, cleaned up or otherwise gone.
But for the people who lost their livelihoods or still see oil washing up on their shores, the news is little consolation.”
And, of course, there is the measurement of oil in gallons instead of barrels. “
Whether the well is sealed or not, there’s still oil in the Gulf or on its shores — nearly 53 million gallons of it, according to the report released Wednesday by the Interior Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That’s still nearly five times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill, which wreaked environmental havoc in Alaska in 1989.”