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Yellowstone Oil Spill Hits Home

For most Americans (myself included), I bet that oil spills merely register as some distant event they watch on CNN.  Sure, BP’s Deepwater Horizon nightmare in the Gulf garnered weeks of intense media attention, but unless the affected area of the Gulf is tangibly relevant for you (i.e., you live there, you fish there, you vacation there, etc.), it’s probably just another far-off disaster that gurgles from the TV while you cook dinner. So when I heard about the oil spill in the Yellowstone, my heart sank, as I gasped, “The Yellowstone? No, that couldn’t have happened.”  Oil spills are supposed to happen far away, not on a river you know and love/Matt Skoglund's Blog. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Have you had first-hand experience with either BP's Deepwater Horizon spill or the one now occurring on the Yellowstone River? Or any other man-made disaster of similar nature?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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