GALICIA.. MAYDAY RELAY..
Perhaps the original poster could have used some constraint with his comments by using a targeted approach (one posting) rather than the shotgun method he used, but I think he was trying to motivate people to do what they could to keep this from happening again.
That said, the government of Spain (according to what I''ve read) refused the tanker safe refuse in their harbor and sent the ship back out to sea in bad weather, high seas which only exacerbated the problem. The spill could have been contained if the government would have allowed the tanker access to an area that could have been used to control the spill, albeit in their harbor.
Regardless of who is at fault, this is a true tragedy; it could have just as easily happened on the Atlantic seaboard.
By the way, fiendzy, are we supposed to be impressed that you drive a souped up Volkswagen? Do you want a cookie?