Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Dodging Bullets But...

So the reports from the front are that the 3/4 of the oil from BP's disaster is gone. First of all, that's amazing, and really? Second of all, if true, careful of the meaning.

If verified, it's good news, really good news, no doubt about that. However, it feeds into the misconception that the ocean can absorb or "take" whatever we do to it. It cannot. That's the kind of mindset that feeds overfishing and constant pollution. We dodged a bullet, maybe, but the ocean and its creatures still need better protection and thoughtfulness.

The report comes from the same agency that woefully underestimated the amount of the spill in the first place. That old saying echoes in my head, that I regularly evoke when opening my snail mail, "if it sounds too good to be true, it's probably too good to be true."

Anyway, once and if verified, it may really be time to celebrate keeping in mind the other quarter -- that's 25% of 4.9 million barrels -- is still out there and could do untold damage, such as coating oysters and other shellfish. Plus, the damage from the "first" wave is still relevant, and with us, especially in regards to the unknown but potentially negative impact on juvenile fish and shrimp next year and beyond.

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