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Good News: Now There’s Only 1.3 Million Barrels of Oil in the Gulf

Remember when the Deepwater Horizon spill was an unimaginable catastrophe? Now the New York Times reports it’s over :

The government is expected to announce on Wednesday that three-quarters of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has already evaporated, dispersed, been captured or otherwise eliminated — and that much of the rest is so diluted that it does not seem to pose much additional risk of harm. 

Only 26 percent of the oil is still in the Gulf, according to the report. And that oil

is light sheen at the ocean surface or in a dispersed form below the surface, and federal scientists believe that it is breaking down rapidly in both place.

“Light sheen”! So in the end, we should thank BP for making our water prettier. Lots of our water: with 4.9 million barrels in the original spill, the lingering 26 percent would be about 1.3 million barrels— five times the amount spilled by the Exxon Valdez .