Dirty South Bureau

July 24, 2008

400,000 gallons of diesel

Filed under: Bywater,environment,Other,We Are Not OK — christian @ 11:45 pm

OK, so, did anyone else notice the noxious gas-station smell last night in the neighborhoods by the river? Here I was at Markey’s, paying $3 for Abita Amber (the rising cost of beer here is a whole other subject) and I go outside, and there’s this Mad Max smell everywhere. Turns out that, as of the Times-Picayune’s reporting this morning, we have a 400,000 gallon fuel oil spill in the Mississippi, just slightly down river from our water plant.

Holy fucking shit. There is something so apocalyptic about this that I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around it. What’s even more profound is that only a few people seem really excited about this.

Is this because the Mississippi is the nation’s urinary canal, carrying tons of nitrates and pesticides past us each day?

Is this because this shit (after treated in a local treatment plant) is what comes out of our tap?

I can still recall post-Katrina when you literally could not drink or even bathe in the water. I still recall my lover at the time spraying herself down with frebreeze as her daily shower.

Welcome to the future.


  1. The beer still costs less than a gallon of gas.

    And it’s too bad we can’t skim that crud off the river ourselves, refine it at home and then use it. Cut down on everybody’s personal finance drain for a bit – or it will simply channel all that money saved into more beer imbibed…

    Comment by liprap — July 25, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

  2. Oh, by the way, turns out that mopping up (literally) 1% of the oil that spilled won’t really fix things.

    Full report by Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN)

    Comment by christian — July 25, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

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