A small amount of oil has reached Florida’s Panhandle, the Wall Street Journal reports. A much larger “sheen” remains less than 50 miles away. According to the latest estimates, cleaning up the oil gushing from BP’s deepwater well could cost the company $37 billion, Bloomberg News reports. As OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower put it, when corporations promise to clean up a mess, things rarely go as they say. “This lesson is literally oozing over us in the form of the Gulf of Mexico’s disastrous oil slick,” Hightower said in a recent column.
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