What’s missing in the Gulf oil spill story

Watching daily the coverage of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico makes my heart sink.  The livelihoods of hard-working people are being wiped out and the helplessness and frustrations are building daily.  Watching the slow ruin of pristine coastlines and beaches is overwhelming to witness.  However, with each flapping grounded pelican I see drenched in oil, there is something more important missing in this story, the lost of human life.  When the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank into the Gulf, it ended 11 human lives.  11 people who had families and were faithful and courageous employees of the British Petroleum Corporation out in the middle of the ocean on a giant floating barge just doing their jobs.  We will never know their stories because nobody is covering them.  What a tragedy.  Since when are pelicans more important that human beings?

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