More good news for people who love bad news*

For Dick Cheney this must read like a good news/bad news joke:

A pipeline that pumps petroleum from refineries in the San Francisco Bay area ruptured, gushing diesel fuel into a marsh that serves as a key nesting ground for migratory birds.

The spill, which began Tuesday, prompted an emergency cleanup effort at Suisun Marsh, about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. Several dead animals, mostly ducks, were found at the scene, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Clare Maranda.

State officials estimated that 40,000 gallons of fuel spilled. Initial worst-case estimates had put the spill 1 million gallons.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, the Houston firm that owns the pipeline, estimated that 500 to 1,000 barrels, containing 42 gallons of fuel each, leaked into the marsh, spokesman Jerry Engelhardt said.

On the one hand, Cheney must be appalled at the loss of precious fuel (“Oh, the humanity!”). On the other hand, he just found another cool way to kill ducks.

*Hat tip to Modest Mouse.

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Yeah. Like I would tell you....