Gulf spill hits Pensacola and the "small" amount of oil we have risked our environment over

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This second cross post is from the New York Times:

It’s still rather stunning to consider how a single pinprick in the seabed — a tiny part of the global effort to slake humanity’s rising thirst for liquid fuels, and profit from it, of course — could create such a mess.

After all, the Macondo Prospect, the name for the reservoir of oil slowly draining into the gulf — is considered a small deposit. While its dimensions remain poorly known, BP officials have estimated it contains no more than 100 million barrels of oil. That’s five days and change worth of American demand for this precious fuel.

All of this for five days of oil.

Recent cross posts on the Pensacola tar balls and and the environmental damage done because of one "small" oil reservoir.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting tar balls washing ashore Pensacola Beach on Friday:

Officials on Thursday afternoon spotted an oil slick within 3 1/2 miles of the Pensacola coast, and a stretch of Pensacola Beach contained dozens of gooey, oil-like clumps Friday morning. Locals and tourists poked at the gobs with sticks and took photos of them with their cellphones. Few ventured into the water, although area beaches remained open.

More oil was spotted about 10 miles offshore, although the main portion of the Deepwater spill was still about 30 miles away. Authorities had predicted oil from the spill could reach parts of Florida's Panhandle by Friday or Saturday.

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