Rough seas halt skimming operations off Gulf Coast

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BP and the Coast Guard are sending oil-scooping skimming ships in the Gulf of Mexico back to shore because nasty weather is churning up rough seas and powerful winds.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Dave French said Tuesday that all efforts
had been halted for now off the Louisiana coast.

Although Hurricane Alex was projected to stay well away from the
spill zone before possibly making landfall as a hurricane over
Mexico, its outer edges were causing problems out in the Gulf.

Wayne Hebert, who helps manage skimming operations for BP, says
all nearshore skimmers were idled off the coasts of Florida,
Alabama and Mississippi.

Waves were as high as 12 feet Tuesday in some parts of the Gulf.

The surging waves and nasty weather make skimming work unsafe
and ineffective, and also can mangle oil-soaking boom.

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