July 2, 2010 in Nation/World

Weather stalls Gulf cleanup

Los Angeles Times The Spokesman-Review

GULFPORT, Miss. – Lingering high seas from Hurricane Alex continued to thwart Gulf oil cleanup efforts Thursday, idling all skimming boats from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle for a third consecutive day.

Although Alex didn’t pass over the spill site, it demonstrated the kind of disruption that can thwart a response that is largely reliant on a vast flotilla of ships and small boats.

Experts expect the hurricane season to be particularly active this year. A storm closer to the spill site could force oil giant BP to send its ships to shore, disrupting for as long as two weeks the oil containment effort.

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