Coast Guard Tells Louisiana Residents Oil Spill is not an Environmental Disaster
Two days before the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced that the Deepwater Horizon accident had easily eclipsed the Exxon Valdez disaster as the nation’s worst-ever oil spill, U.S. Coast Guard representative Edward Stanton downplayed the seriousness of the matter at a town hall meeting in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.
The USGS estimates between 18 million and 39 million gallons of oil have been discharged into the ocean. The Exxon Valdez spill was 11 million gallons.
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