While atrocity occurring in the Gulf has dominated news coverage, oil spills happen around the globe nearly everyday. For example in Utah over the weekend:
“A leaked pipeline sent oil spilling into a Salt Lake City creek, coating geese and ducks and closing a park, officials said Saturday as they started a cleanup effort expected to last weeks.”
“At least 400 to 500 barrels of oil spewed into Red Butte Creek before crews capped the leak site. Nearly 50 gallons of crude oil per minute initially had spilled into the creek, according to Scott Freitag, a Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman.”
The price we are paying for oil (and coal) in terms of damage to air, water and wildlife is far too high. The millions of gallons being spewed into the gulf are a vivid illustration of the damage we are doing to the planet every day.