PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) - Across a wide stretch of the Gulf of Mexico, efforts to limit the damage from the region's worst-ever oil spill have been essentially landlocked for more than a week.
Offshore oil skimming along the coasts of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi came to a stop early last week because of choppy seas brewed up by Hurricane Alex.
Now they're stymied by a succession of smaller storms that could last well into this week. Workers are forced to fight the oil with containment boom and cleanups after it has already reached the shore.
Officials have plans for the worst-case scenario: a hurricane barreling up the Gulf toward the spill site. But the less-dramatic weather conditions that have brought skimming to a halt have been met with a more makeshift response.
Breen contributed from New Orleans.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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