Gulf Oil Boom Hasn't Been as Effective as Hoped
"more than 3 MILLION feet of so-called boom has been deployed along the coast. But its not a fail-safe method of keeping the oil from washing ashore. Its not always sturdy enough and high winds and waves can send the slime cascading over the barriers"
The point of all this is that cleanup is an inexact science and the best way to stop this kind of damage to our environment and our economy is to make sure the spills NEVER happen at all!