Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Storm could spell more bad news for BP


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    Tar balls moving onto Navarre Beach; storm halts oil skimming


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    BP and the Coast Guard sent oil-scooping skimming ships in the Gulf of Mexico back to shore Tuesday because nasty weather from Tropical Storm Alex churned up rough seas and powerful winds.
    U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Dave French said all efforts had been halted for now off the Louisiana coast. Efforts also had been halted off the coasts of Florida, Alabama and Louisiana.
    French said workers were using the time off the water to replenish supplies and perform maintenance work on equipment.

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    Tropical Storm Alex Slows Oil Spill Cleanup


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    With Tropical Storm Alex expected to reach hurricane strength today, BP and the Coast Guard ordered oil-scooping ships in the Gulf of Mexico back to shore as the storm churned up rough seas and powerful winds.

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    U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Dave French said all efforts had been halted for now off the Louisiana coast, as well as the coasts of Florida , Alabama and Mississippi.
    "We're ready to go as soon as conditions allow us to get those people back out and fighting this oil spill," French told the Associated Press. The loss of skimming work combined with 25 mph gusts driving water into the coast has left beaches in the region especially vulnerable. Alabama 's normally white beaches were streaked with long lines of oil, and tar balls collected on the sand. One swath of beach 40 feet wide was stained brown and mottled with globs of oil matted together.

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