NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Winds and waves calmed today as masses of oil lurked offshore and tension built along the Gulf Coast's beaches and bayous. People watched and waited for the weather and ocean currents to determine where the slick would finally come ashore.
So far only oil sheens have reached into some coastal waters.
The oil's slow progress -- despite an uncapped seafloor gusher --
is allowing crews and volunteers to lay boom in front of
shorelines. That effort was stymied by choppy seas into the
weekend, but the calmer weather should help.
BP has been unable to shut off the undersea well spewing 200,000
gallons a day, but crews have reported progress with a new method
for cutting the amount of oil that reaches the surface.
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