“all we could see was oil”

“Take the Gulf of Mexico, for example. I went on Day 100 after the BP oil spill. I remember that morning reading the New York Times, above the fold, right-hand corner, it said, “80 percent of the oil is gone.” Move on. Mother Nature is absorbing it. End of story. Five hours later, I was in a plane with a barefoot pilot. We were 800 feet above the Macondo site, ground zero. And for as far as we could see, for as wide as we could see, for as long as we could bear it—all we could see was oil.

Who benefits from saying 80 percent of the oil is gone?”

Ground Truthing. Devon Fredericksen interviews Terry Tempest Williams
August 1, 2013

GUERNICA | A Magazine of Art & Politics

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