Today in BP Oil Disaster: Day 78



This should be the headline of the day all over the country:

In the 77 days since oil from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon began to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, BP has skimmed or burned about 60 percent of the amount it promised regulators it could remove in a single day. ...

That's right: In 77 days, BP has removed less oil than it said it could remove in one day alone. What say you, BP spokesman Toby Odone?

"The numbers are what they are," said BP spokesman Toby Odone. "At some point, we will look back and say why the numbers ended up this way. That's for the future."

• As you've no doubt heard by now, oil has reached Lake Pontchartrain, coming in through the Rigolets and collecting near Slidell.

Texas, too. Black gold ... Texas tea. BP has now run the table, with oil marring every Gulf Coast state.

• That Taiwanese super-skimmer called "The Whale" was tested over the weekend, but this week's rotten weather in the Gulf may delay its implementation.

Speaking of the grim weather: Learn why it's so bad on so many levels when it comes to oil containment and recovery.

• Grand Isle, normally an Independence Day hotspot, saw tourism crater over the weekend:

Normally around the 4th of July, there would be between 15,000 and 20,000 visitors on Grand Isle: this weekend, it's barely a small fraction of that.

"We don't have our tourists down here spending their money and we're not seeing their happy faces," said resident Denise Esponge. "You know, the normal vacationers that we see from year to year, that we look forward to seeing, we're not seeing them this year."

New picture of the oil slick from space, courtesy NASA.

• The headline says it all: "Brits prepare in case of BP collapse."

• And someone has rediscovered BP Offshore Oil Strike, a board game issued 30 years ago and billed as "an exciting board game for all the family":

An obscure BP-themed board game in which players aim to avoid rig disasters has become an unexpected hit at a British toy museum.

BP Offshore Oil Strike was released in the early 1970s and allows up to four players to explore for oil, build platforms and construct pipelines. The first player to earn $120,000,000 wins.

Its "hazard cards" include "Blow-out! Rig damaged. Oil slick clean-up costs. Pay $1 million."

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