I agree about the costs - they go way too far these days. I wouldn't like the bill for this one:
A few months ago a tanker leaked oil in New Quay(West Wales). 300 gallons ran down the street and was heading for the local beach. There was an uproar - the public told to keep away - homes evacuated etc etc.
There was real panic it would hit the beach. "Oil booms and absorbent pads are in place to try to prevent any oil working its way into the sea."
What summed it up was this comment
"Much of the oil, which flowed down a narrow pathway between houses, has been soaked up by sand laid by environment officials."
And what exactly is a beach made of??? Suprise suprise the oil did reach the beach but none made it into the sea...............
They had a cleanup company on who basically said that it would evaporate anyway - "let's face it this isn't crude oil is it"!!!