No Celebrating This Record

On Day 73 of the BP Oil Spill, with 140 million gallons already spilled, there is a particularly atrocious distinction: the spill is about to become the worst spill ever in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the Associated Press:

Based on some government estimates, more than 140 million gallons of crude have now spewed from the bottom of the sea since the April 20 explosion that killed 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, eclipsing the 1979-80 disaster off Mexico that had long stood as the worst in the Gulf.

Of course, that pales in comparison to the worst spill ever — that spill during the first Persian Gulf War (that other Gulf) when Iraqi forces opened valves and let loose about 460 million gallons of oil, but that’s hardly a comforting fact.

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