- Title: USA: Bad weather and choppy seas hinder oil containment effort in Louisiana
- Date: 4th May 2010
- Summary: BURAS, LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES (MAY 3, 2010) (REUTERS) SUN RISING OVER THE MARINA BOAT HEADING OUT TO SEA WATER LASHING ONTO GRASSY BANKS CLOSE UP OF BAR SIGN PEOPLE INSIDE BAR SITTING AND TALKING MAN DRINKING A CUP OF COFFEE (SOUNDBITE) (English) FISHERMAN AND OIL RELIEF WORKER THOMAS TISER SAYING: "It's really bad. I mean they can't lay down the boom in this kind of weather with the oil slinging on top. It's pouring all over the top and the boom going up in this it don't make any kind of sense and it just get worse everyday. I was going to work today but they turned us around because of the weather." WOMAN IN BAR SERVING DRINKS (SOUNDBITE) (English) FISHERMAN AND OIL RELIEF WORKER THOMAS TISER SAYING: "I mean they put out, I forget how many feet they put out what was it seventy four thousand feet. You have seven hundred miles of coast line so how much of that do you have to protect?" VARIOUS SHOTS OF CHOPPY WATER ON MARINA BOAT DRIVING OUT TO SEA
- Embargoed: 19th May 2010 13:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes,Industry
- Reuters ID: LVA7E0EEBAXNKJJ67FNACU85SCCT
- Story Text: Heavy rain and gusty winds prevented oil containment workers from laying down booms on Monday (May 3). Local fisherman and oil relief worker Thomas Tiser has been part of the relief effort going out several times to lay down booms. Today he said this was impossible. "It's really bad. I mean they can't lay down the boom in this kind of weather with the oil slinging on top." said Tiser.
Last week workers feverishly tried to lay down booms to contain the spill but Tiser believes all this effort may be in vain. "I mean they put out, I forget how many feet they put out what was it seventy-four-thousand feet. You have seven hundred miles of coast line so how much of that do you have to protect?" said Tiser.
Nearly two weeks ago, an explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig caused a massive crude oil slick in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The explosion killed 11 workers and sank the rig. Since the accident, the BP (British Petroleum) well has been gushing an estimated 5,000 barrels of crude per day into the gulf. Efforts to cap the well have been unsuccessful.
The resulting oil slick could become one of the United States' worst environmental disasters in decades. It could affect hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast. The coast along the Gulf of Mexico is one of the world's most fertile fishing locations, providing shrimp, oysters, to a large marketplace. Air quality could also become an issue, and is being monitored by authorities.
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