SALTER – Will it now be out of sight out of mind for Gulf

As long as there was a gushing undersea oil well on the nightly TV screens, the 24-hour news cycle gorged itself on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster story and filled that gaping maw of time with images of oil in the water, dead or dying birds and marine life and people under pressure.

Now, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and the traditional Big Three networks have essentially moved on and left the oil spill as a secondary story. There’s no undersea gusher to film, a lot of the Gulf’s waters have been reopened to commercial fishing and life has begun to return to normal.

That’s great for tourism on the Gulf Coast. That’s great for the fishermen and the charter boat people. But for those damaged by the oil spill, this is a dangerous time.

Why? Out of sight, out of mind, that’s why.