Those other spills have the advantage of not being a 24 inch highly pressurized pipe a mile underwater. They can cap them quicker.
Yeah, our michigan spill has been pretty messy. The kalamazoo river has been highly polluted in the past and starting to get back, and this won't help any. It will mostly inconvenience the people that live on the river, since fishing is discouraged since there are no-eat recommendations on the fish already.
I guess what really blows my mind is how many organisms there are out there that will eat that nasty stuff. Between the waves and the dispersant, they (the news, the scientists) make it sound like much of that gulf oil has already been eaten by bacteria, time will tell, and I'm sure the effects will linger for years, regardless.
On the bright side, there have been a lot of companies making oil spill containment products that have been selling a lot lately....