September 15, 2010 12:09 PM

Commentary: Gulf oil spill toll could have been worse, but conclusive science still out

Alaskans who remember the grim numbers of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 hope that the some encouraging signs pan out for our fellow Americans in the Gulf states. Spring predictions of a cataclysmic environmental disaster appear overblown. It may be that when the damage is toted up, we'll find that the Gulf spill doesn't match the damage in Alaska.

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