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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Boom In Boom: Will Oil Spill Defenses Hold? : NPR

The Boom In Boom: Will Oil Spill Defenses Hold? : NPR

One of the major lines of defense against the encroaching oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is boom. That's the kind of floating device that can soak up, contain and prevent oil from reaching beaches and delicate marshlands.

BP says millions of feet of boom have been deployed since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April. But a number of local officials are questioning whether boom works — especially in a spill as large as this one.

Cleanup experts say the two main types of boom are the best tools available to keep the oil at sea and off beaches and sensitive habitats. More...

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