If BP's spill were here...
What if the infamously polluting British Petroleum well were centered here in Charlottesville–- how big might that spill be? Well (no pun intended), the resulting spill might cover an area stretching from the outskirts of Roanoke all the way to Baltimore, according to an online map provided by ifitwasmyhome.com. The representation utilizes a Google Map to dramatize how vast the spill, which began April 20 with an explosion and fire that killed 11 men, is.
The map device also allows users to "move" the spill back to the Gulf of Mexico and gives anyone not paying attention to what appears to be the world's worst environmental disaster a chance to gain an understanding of why such outrage–- such as a Memorial Day protest on Pantops–- against BP exists.
The U.S. Senate has begun holding hearings on the disaster, as questions persist over the company's failure to prevent and then–- once it happened–- halt such a calamity.