Visualizing the Oil Spill

If It Was My Home is a mapping tool for visualizing the oil spill. Viewers can “relocate” the spill over their own location to see how big it is. For example, if centered in New York City, the spill would currently blanket the east coast from about Philadelphia to Boston. (HT: FP Passport)[%comments]


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  1. Frank Truecost says:

    Why do you and most media persist in calling this a “spill?” A spill is something that was previously contained, as in a cup, or a tanker. This is a gusher, a geyser, an out-of-control blow-out. Please call it that. Otherwise you are thoughtlessly or cowardly capitulating to what most of the other thoughtless or cowardly media is doing. I read you because you think independently and don’t usually repeat the standard, unquestioned and surprisingly often incorrect media line.

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  2. Raymond says:

    If it WERE My Home.

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  3. Ben D says:

    Apparently the creators never graduated from grammar school.

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  4. markchd says:

    Well, living in Texas makes an otherwise heinous spill look like a fairly easy commute.

    Also, @Frank Truecost: Is “spill” too polite for you, or not polite enough? I’d vote for “unmitigated and sloppy disaster,” myself.

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  5. Paul Revere says:
    Alex Jones & Aaron Dykes
    Monday, June 21, 2010

    RELATED: States Need To Launch Criminal Investigation Into BP, Federal Government’s Role In Oil Spill
    Following the rise of sufficient indicators that BP knew about the conditions of its Gulf oil assets prior to the April 20 leak & explosion- and may have allowed the incident to occur, Alex Jones has called for criminal investigations of key figures at BP, inside the White House administration and elsewhere.
    Why did current CEO of BP Tony Hayward dump approximately one-third of his BP stocks before the oil crisis? Why did Goldman Sachs dump a hefty 44% of its BP stock prior to, particularly given that Peter Sutherland was formerly CEO of both BP and Goldman Sachs at the same time? What are the odds that former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s firm Halliburton would purchase a company which “focuses on oil spill prevention and blowout response,” just weeks before the so-called ‘biggest environmental crisis’ of all time would strike?
    These telling transactions at the highest levels of business, politics and finance coincidence very meaningfully with the multiple accounts from inside BP, the oil platforms in the Gulf, and the related lawyers that demonstrate a willful negligence towards the conditions of the oil assets which would later explode and spill
    . These telling transactions at the highest levels of business, politics and finance coincidence very meaningfully with the multiple accounts from inside BP. Thus, Alex Jones is urging activists and concerned citizens everywhere to take a proactive approach to dealing with the looming consequences of the massive oil leak that started 62 long days ago. He suggests calling on Governors and State Legislators !


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  6. Allen says:

    Hey the spill covers Houston and East Texas. Which, come to think of it, might be an improvement this time of year.

    But serious, this is a pointless exercise. The spill on the Gulf is a couple millimeters thick. If it were on land, it would cover a couple acres a few feet deep. Not nice, but not the catastrophe it is at see.

    Dear #1 above — speaking of gushers…

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  7. SS says:

    It’s roughly the size of Ohio…

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  8. Phasic says:

    For heaven’s sake, the site FAQ even mentions the was/were thing. I think they regard it as a little beside the point.

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