A major oil spill has occured in the Mississippi River, south of New Orleans.  Two million barrels of oil could potentially be involved.  In the big scheme of things, this could certainly be classified as "minor shit".  

But read the following short article from Reuters (below the flip) carefully.  Digest the last sentence a time or three.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Louisiana officials said they spotted a major oil spill from two storage tanks near the town of Venice on the Mississippi River on Friday.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said a flyover revealed a leak from tanks capable of holding 2 million barrels of fuel.

"There is oil leaking, but we don't have access to the area," said Jean Kelly, spokeswoman for the agency, adding that Homeland Security officials are restricting access."

Psst.  You know why Chertoff's gang at DHS wasn't concentrating on New Orleans as it descended into anarchy?

They were more focused on securing the oil facilities in the aftermath of Katrina.

Some intrepid reporter needs to ask, right now:  

"When did DHS arrive on the scene to establish security at the oil facility that's sprung the leak?"  

Originally posted to All Spin Zone on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 06:34 PM PDT.

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