Philadelphia Inquirer, via AP: The flood engulfing homes to the rooftops carried an extra curse yesterday as a slick of 42,000 gallons of thick crude oil floated downstream with the mud and debris, coating everything it touched with a slimy, smelly layer of goo.
"My question is: How are they going to get all that oil out of the environment?" said Mary Burge, a heart-surgery patient who had to breathe from a portable oxygen tank because the petroleum odor was so strong it could be detected by the crews of helicopters passing overhead. By yesterday, the oil was nearing a large
"It's going to come down the
Sharon Watson, spokeswoman for the
Midwestern states that depend on fuel supplies from the flooded refinery will see some of the highest prices in the nation for gasoline and diesel this summer, industry experts said.
The oil joins other causes of misery for thousands of flood evacuees in
"All our utilities are underwater," Fredonia Mayor Max Payne said. On Monday night, President Bush declared a major disaster in