Oil Is Pouring on Troubled Waters

In the storm-tossed waters off Massachusetts last week, 7.6 million gal. of oil slid slowly seaward. In the Delaware River, southwest of Philadelphia, 134,000 more gal. of deadly goo spread toward rich tidal marshes. In Los Angeles, the wreck of a blast-shattered tanker still lay smoldering at its berth. Suddenly, on East Coast and West, the U.S. was undergoing an ordeal by oil.

The disasters began more than two weeks ago, when the Liberian-flag tanker Argo Merchant, well off course, ran hard aground on the...

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