Booms Along The Gulf Coast Mexico Funnel Oil Spillage Toward Mississippi Beaches

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Rickel called him about the big demand for booms, Brussow had six employees and a steady business in Comstock Park making awnings for restaurant decks and mobile food carts.They are working around the clock to create long booms to protect critical areas along the threatened coastline from encroaching oil.

The job boom that followed Hurricane Katrina as thousands were put to work cleaning up debris, gutting house and rebuilding public buildings and entire neighborhoods. In St. Bernard Parish, a suburban New Orleans community where fishermen are working for BP in a fight to save their fishing grounds.Oil dispersants are being sprayed, containment booms erected, protective barriers built, controlled burns undertaken, and devices are being lowered to the sea floor to try and cap the leaks, with little success to date.

While tracking the volume of the continued flow of oil is difficult, an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil (possibly much more) continues to pour into the gulf every day. While visible damage to shorelines has been minimal to date as the oil has spread slowly, the scene remains, in the words of President Obama, a "potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.


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