As Stephen Colbert explained, the news media can only overplay one story at a time. The corollary is that when one story dominates the news, others are underplayed, lost in the media scramble. That's what happened in 2010 when a Michigan pipeline burst and spilled a million gallons of a particularly stinky, sticky form of oil -- called "dilbit" -- in the Kalamazoo River. But that spill didn't get much attention at the time, because the nation was focused on the massive BP spill that had recently caused a catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.
But the dilbit cleanup is still going on, and a story that big can't stay a secret forever. So, thanks to InsideClimateNews.org, the story is out at last in this new Kindle book, "The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You've Never Heard Of." A team of reporters and editors spent months on the story, and the result is a fascinating, horrifying tale of people driven from their homes and businesses, blackened rivers and creeks, of corporate secrecy just when openness was most needed, and of heroic efforts to rid the environment of a pestilence that simply refuses to go away.