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June 20, 2010

Chasing the Devastation

Posted: 09:39 PM ET

By David Mattingly
CNN National Correspondent

For 37 days, I chased the economic and environmental devastation of the oil spill across four states.  As each day passed, the stories I encountered grew progressively worse.   I watched the oil spread into sensitive waters and I listened as the numbers of families hit by job losses grew.

There are images burned into my memory that will never fade.  I will remember the sea turtle, distressed and gasping for air, as it swam through massive orange bands of dispersed oil.  I will remember the thick crude oil that coated my hand like hot chocolate syrup when I dipped it into the polluted water.  And I will never forget the sadness I felt as I collected melted tar balls on the Gulf beaches where I played as a kid.

But most of all, I will never forget the fisherman who looked at me with anger in his eyes and said, "It's done.  Everything we worked for is gone and it's probably never coming back."  The people and communities of the Gulf are hurricane-tested and resilient, but no one can guess when or if this storm will ever pass.

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Smith in Oregon   June 21st, 2010 12:22 am ET

After Hundreds of Millions of Gallons of toxic, poisonous and carcinogenic crude Oil has poured into the Gulf of Mexico, what's another 2 Million gallons per day that a recovery ship is not on station? That region is now poisoned for many decades, the methane gas alone has created an enormous Dead Zone where available Ocean oxygen is far to low to support aquatic life. Already Republican Governor Bobby (Drill Baby Drill) Jindal is chomping at the bit to open up more Ocean Oil wells and drill baby drill which invariably leads to spill baby spill and ecocide.

Dead is Dead!


lostemperor   June 21st, 2010 5:03 am ET

BP, a more criminal organisation than Al Qaeda.They have been drilling hundreds of wells for decades with the minimum of safety measures. Less than minimum. Don't let their 20 billion pay back fund for the future fool you. This is out of self-interest since they know to stand a much greater loss if furious people won't fill their cars at BP stations anymore. The only way to help is to boycot BP. If they go bankrupt it will send a signal to all compagnies to take the utmost precautions in drilling. And if BP is taken over so is the 20 billion fund.


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Rebecca Rierson   June 21st, 2010 12:53 pm ET

If this were so important, why is it all the way on the bottom of your webpage? I had to scroll all the way down looking for any mention of the event. I think that's strange considering you're asking us to change our Facebook profile pic. Shouldn't you be primarily responsible for the advertising?


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