http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2007202-2,00.html - President Obama has called the BP oil spill "the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced" - Spill has killed less than 1% of the birds killed by the Exxon Valdez - wildlife response teams have collected only three visibly oiled carcasses of any mammals. - the spill prompted harsh restrictions on fishing and shrimping, but so far, the region's fish and shrimp have tested clean, and the restrictions are gradually being lifted. - shorelines assessment teams have only found about 350 acres of oiled marshes - Marine scientist Ivor Van Heerden states "I think they lied about the size of the spill — but we're not seeing catastrophic impacts" - they have found only one other dead reptile (turtle) in the entire Gulf. So..... someone exaggerated how big this spill was... This is why someone with BP commented something about all the claims they would be requested to pay that would be bogus. It appears that the 20 Billion dollar extortion from Obama could be included in that.