Gulf Oil Spill
6:16 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

Hurricane 500 Miles Away Halts Most Oil Cleanup

New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft says waves up to 10 feet high at the drilling site are making the sea too rough for skimmers to recover oil off the water and winds are too strong to burn oil off the surface. But he says things could be have been worse had the hurricane headed north.

"We've been held hostage by the oil but now the weather is holding us hostage. And, granted, this is not severe weather like what you would experience in a hurricane."

Zukunft says a third containment vessel is at the well site but won't be able to hook up and get on line for at least another week. But drilling continues on the relief wells to close off the leak.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.