That's right, minimal environmental impact when it's all done
"The Valdez was just off the coast of Alaska and the oil hit the shore very quickly. This time, the spill is many miles off the coast...and the Gulf is huge. There will be very little impact indeed."
Valdez oil had no other choice but hit the shore in no time. This oil which is larger than Valdez will travel thousand of miles before all of it is either washed ashore or clung to ocean floor.
In Washington, the fishing industry was also a concern. NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said in a conference call Tuesday morning that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association was expanding its fishery closure at noon to cover 19 percent of the Gulf, or 45,728 square miles.
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/05/18/1635164/coast-guard-urges-calm-over-tar.html#ixzz0oKaINhN9
BP has those fisherman on its payroll and they are removing oil at the moment rather than fishing. Both environmental AND economic impact minimal!
How can the fisherman claim loss of income when they are making more from BP than they would ever make fishing!