By Mark Memmott
Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and a potential 2012 presidential contender, just issued this "tweet" about the massive oil slick heading for the coast of Louisiana and states to the east:
Having worked/lived thru Exxon oil spill,my family&I understand Gulf residents' fears.Our prayers r w/u.All industry efforts must b employed
Palin is, of course, known for her strong ("drill baby! drill!") support of exploring for oil and gas.
The scope of disaster in the Gulf is expected to surpass that of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound. In the Valdez spill, 11 million gallons of oil went into the water. In the Gulf, an estimated 200,000 gallons a day are gushing from an undersea well that was damaged in an explosion last week that destroyed the rig above and left 11 workers missing and presumed dead. It could be several months before the leak can be plugged, experts say.