remember after the Alaska spill and the coast was going to be ruined for 100 years?? remember Rita and the fishing in LA was going to be ruined for years? around 60% of all oil found on beachs can be traced to naturally occurring seepage. it amounts to many thousands of gallons per year.
there will be an immediate impact on fishing and that is unfortunate for those in the area, but it will not be as bad, or last as long, as the "environmentalists" will make it out to be. and yes, the timing is suspicious. oil is not that volatile. maybe they hit natural gas?