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Booms along the Gulf can't block all the oil

 Oil booms are seen in the midst of oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill near the South Pass of the Mississippi River along the Louisiana coast ne...
 Workers load a boom onto a boat to be deployed in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill at a U.S. Coast Guard command center in Venice, La....
 Workers load a boom to be deployed in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill onto a boat at a U.S. Coast Guard command center in Venice, La....
 Workers load a boom to be deployed in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill onto a boat at a U.S. Coast Guard command center in Venice, La....
 Workers clean a boom to be deployed in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill at a U.S. Coast Guard command center in Venice, La., Thursday,...

Gulf Oil Spill

Oil booms are seen in the midst of oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill near the South Pass of the Mississippi River along the Louisiana coast ne...

Gulf Oil Spill

Workers load a boom onto a boat to be deployed in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill at a U.S. Coast Guard command center in Venice, La....

Gulf Oil Spill

Workers load a boom to be deployed in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill onto a boat at a U.S. Coast Guard command center in Venice, La....

Gulf Oil Spill

Workers load a boom to be deployed in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill onto a boat at a U.S. Coast Guard command center in Venice, La....

Gulf Oil Spill

Workers clean a boom to be deployed in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill at a U.S. Coast Guard command center in Venice, La., Thursday,...

The long, slender barriers intended to protect the Gulf Coast from the onslaught of oil haven't been as effective as hoped.
They often float twisted, tangled or sometimes just broken apart, unable to entirely stop the creeping crude.
Since last month's rig explosion and spill of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico _ now the largest spill in U.S. history, surpassing the Exxon Valdez _ more than 3 million feet (900,000 meters) of so-called boom has been deployed along the coast.
The boom isn't always sturdy and high winds and waves can send the slime cascading over the barriers.
Experts say while the boom isn't perfect, it provides one necessary line of defense. It also offers a psychological boost to those who feel helpless.


Updated : 2021-04-17 14:40 GMT+08:00